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Waiting on Wednesday: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

January 13th, 2015 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 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.  It’s due to release on July 7, 2015.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

About the book:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

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Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

January 11th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Avon

Series: Hidden Legacy #1

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

My Review

This is my first Ilona Andrews book and I picked it up because a friend of mine raves about their books and how I had to read them. I have mixed feelings about it. I loved the world building and the story moved at a fast pace that drew me in. Nevada is a great heroine that I fell in love with and her family was also great. I loved her grandma in particular.

My main issue with the book was Mad Rogan. Yes, he’s sexy, rich and extremely powerful but he’s a true asshole and sociopath. Normally I really like the bad boys because they have this sexy, don’t give a damn demeanor but there is a chink of vulnerability when it comes to the heroine. Rogan was missing that bit of vulnerability that moves him from asshole to redeemable, tortured soul for me. Every action that seemed like it gave a hint of humanity to him had some calculated and horrible justification behind it and he makes some choices at the end that truly made me dislike him. We are finally given a breadcrumb that he’s not a total douche but it was so small and so late that it didn’t make much of a difference in my opinion on him.

I’m holding off on judgment because of course he’s the hero and we know he’s going to fall for Nevada. I just wish we had gotten tossed a bone in this book. I loved everything else about the book though so definitely will keep reading this series.

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Kicking Off 2015 Reading

January 1st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

First 2015 Read

Welcome to 2015!

2014 was a crazy year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds.  I kicked off the year reading…

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

I love Maria V. Snyder’s Glass and Study series so I jumped when I heard this book was available for review on NetGalley.  I stayed up til 2am reading and had to force myself to go to sleep since I knew I had to wake up somewhat early the next day.  Loving it!

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job – and his life – are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret – or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is – while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

“Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting.”
~ RT Book Reviews on Fire Study

What book did you kick off 2015 with?

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Book Deal: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe is Free!

January 1st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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January 1-5, 2015

The Darkest Part (The Living Heartwood, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler’s remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only…is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks’ family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler’s case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother’s ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him…plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she’s unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

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Excerpt

My feet race across the root- covered path, and when I reach her, I swallow hard. Rain water drips down her face, rolling over her full lips, and her black hair is slicked back. Like she just got out of the shower. I try to keep my gaze from drifting lower, but dammit. Her white shirt clings to her body, teasingly revealing the fact she’s either not wearing a bra, or she’s wearing a really thin one.

I’m instantly sporting a semi. I give myself a mental punch to the gut, clearing my thoughts. I don’t know how to start this. My mouth is dry, and if I had any words in my empty head before, they’re long gone. Maybe I misread her paint—

Her arm snakes around my neck, pulling my shirt off my head, and I realize— like a dumbass— I’m still holding it above me. Her other hand goes to my stomach, and I suck in a sharp breath at the feel of her warm skin through the material. Her body presses against me, and it’s so delicate, fragile. She’s shaking. I want to hold her tight. Feel every bit of her.

“What are we doing?” she asks, releasing a small, timid laugh.

I swallow again. “I don’t know . . . but whatever it is, I don’t want to stop.”

Heat blazes in her eyes, desire. And I try to remind myself that this is Sam. My next door neighbor, and the girl I’ve known since she was in diapers. But she’s far more mature than her years; she sees things clearer than anyone I’ve ever met— is more sultry than any woman I’ve ever seen.

Shutting down my brain, I brush a wet lock of hair from her cheek. She gasps at my touch and bites down on her lip, and it’s my undoing. Gripping her soaking shirt, I pull her to me and press my lips to hers.

It’s soft and questioning, us trying to figure out our beat. It’s nervous and unsure, but as her mouth parts to welcome me in, I dip my tongue inside the hollow of her mouth, taste the sweetness of her. When she matches me, her tongue sliding over mine, mingling, heat scorches the back of my throat. My pulse quickens as a tremor rocks me.

She shivers in my arms, whether from the cold or the kiss, I’m not sure. But all I want to do is make her shiver more. And then warm her. I bend at the knees and grasp her thighs, lifting her into my arms. Something primal is taking over— driving out any hesitation. She latches her arms around my neck, locking her legs around my waist.

I’m moving us forward or backward . . . I don’t know. But I feel the tree bark against my knuckles at some point, and I press Sam against it, her body molding to mine. Our kiss becomes crushing and hungry, and I’m suddenly desperate, scared for it to end.

I’ve never opened myself up to anyone like this, especially a girl. I’ve made out with them and other things. Hell, I’m a guy. But with Sam . . . I know I’m vulnerable now. I can feel her reaching in and taking up residency in my soul.

It’s painful and pleasurable and scary as hell.

Thunder cracks above, the rain beats down, but we’re lost beneath a black dead tree— feeling alive.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

December 30th, 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 Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan.  It’s due to release on June 2, 2015.

I really enjoyed her The Forest of Hands and Teeth and this one sounds intriguing.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

About the Book:

A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.

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Review: Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath

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

Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath

Source: Bought myself

Publication date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Avon

Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #2

Rating: ★★½☆☆

About the Book

They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways…

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can’t escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he’s not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning he realizes she doesn’t remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she’s his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can’t be denied, regardless of consequences. So when her memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

My Review

Lorraine Heath has been one of those authors who has been on my to read list for ages. I have to say though this book was quite disappointing from an author who has come so highly recommended. The story starts off slow and it took me a really long time to get into it. In fact, after starting it I put it down to read 3 other books in between. Part of the reason is the heroine, Ophelia, is so unlikeable (by design) and I totally understand why Drake feels the need to put her in her place BUT then he completely coddles her. In fact, the behaviors he despised in her before all of a sudden become endearing to him. That I didn’t get. He let’s her get away with speaking back at him even though she’s supposed to be a servant, she sleeps in his bed, orders him about, spends a ridiculous amount of his money and so on. Eventually she shows some redeeming qualities and the romance between the two becomes more understandable but it was hard to get over his earlier infatuation over her what really should have been unlikeable behavior.

For the most part Drake is a really likable hero but I have to admit there is a point near the end that I can’t list here without being a spoiler but it really tarnished him in my eyes. So though the later half of the book picked up that marred how I felt about the ending as well. So overall this is just a meh read for me.

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Best of 2014

December 25th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Best of 2014

 

Hard to believe 2014 is almost over.  It’s been a crazy year and sadly I haven’t had as much time as I would like to read or to keep up the blog.  That said there were several outstanding books that I read in the past year and yes a couple are from Entangled Publishing but even if they weren’t I would have still been blown away by them.  I am fortunate my job allowed me to discover these new to me authors.  So here’s a highlight of some of my favorite 2014 reads.

In Bloom by Katie Delahanty

 

About the book:

Goodreads

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.

How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it’s all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

 

About the book:

Goodreads

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted..

The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid

About the book:

Goodreads

With a longing for adventure, the last thing Phillipa Pippiwell wants is to marry. After a painful betrayal by a man she trusted, she is wary when she unwittingly catches the attention of roguishly handsome – and sinfully tempting – Lord Anthony Thornton. Forbidden desires she secretly yearns for threaten to crumble her icy facade and reveal a past scandal best kept buried.

Dissatisfied with his empty life, Lord Anthony seeks a deep and lasting connection… and finds himself intrigued by the Ice Maiden of the haute monde. Undaunted by Phillipa’s aloof nature and her distaste for the idea of matrimony, he sets out to thaw the bewitching beauty by enticing her with adventures of the most sensual type. But he, too, hides a scandalous secret… and if it’s discovered it could rip them apart.

Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

About the book:

Goodreads

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

 

About the book:

Goodreads

Three knocks can change everything…

“She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.”

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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Review: What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

November 25th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

 

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Avon

Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #3

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

In the third novel in Maya Rodale’s charming Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .

Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero.

He’s a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future—that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn’t start falling in love with her.

When Prudence’s dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her—even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.

Review

This book for some reason was a total surprise even though I did enjoy the first two books in the series. I started this book at 11:30pm thinking I would read just a few chapters to wind down before bed but next thing I knew I was up til the middle of the night reading until I finished the whole book.

Prudence was a fun character. She was smart and it broke my heart to see what she had to live through and put a good face on for years. John was also a fabulous hero and I totally didn’t see the secret he was hiding coming. The story itself was great too. I loved seeing the relationship between Prudence and John build up while they are stuck together at the inn. I do have to say I wish I had seen Prudence’s jerk of a fiancé get his due after the horrible way he forcibly tried to throw her to a highwayman. Ugh.

This was a great ending to the Wallflower series and I am so glad I decided to take a chance and read this new to me author.

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Review: Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

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

Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

 

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: November 25, 2014

Publisher: Forever

Series: Sugar, Georgia #1

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Review

It really pains me to give this book only 3 stars. I’ve been madly in love with every other book I’ve read by Marina Adair but this one just didn’t do it for me. I never really came to love Joie and for a good part of the book I just didn’t get why Brett was so fascinated with her other than the fact she didn’t chase after him. She was totally rude and I really wanted to scold her at times and ask “Didn’t your mama ever teach you any manners?”. Once she got over being a witch to Brett she became more likable and I did start to feel sorry for her with the way the granny mafia was treating her.

The granny mafia was another part that bugged me. Instead of the well meaning but meddling characters you will often find in small town romances this group actually came across as just mean and selfish to me. In other books I found the meddling grannies endearing but these grannies grated on my nerves and nothing made me want to like them.

My last minor issue was I really didn’t need to read how great Joie’s boobs and ass were every other page. Every time Brett would stare at them, drool over them, envy Joie’s dog for nuzzling in them I wanted to scream “ENOUGH!”.

Now for the positives. Brett was much more likable than Joie. Yes, he was a playboy but he really did have a heart of gold and I felt bad the way everyone tried to take advantage of that heart. His brother and Joie’s friends were also bright spots in the story and I cannot wait to read their stories. There was an excerpt from Brett’s female best friend and his brother’s book and I am already hooked and am counting down the days for it.

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 definitelynot 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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Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

October 28th, 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 The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter.  It’s due to release on November 25, 2014.

I loved this series and when my local bookstore closed I fell behind but I can’t wait to catch up and read this one!

 

The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

About the Book: Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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