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Cover Reveal: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins

February 14th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

If you haven’t read Wendy Higgins you are missing out! I’m so excited to be participating in her cover reveal for her upcoming release, Kiss Collector. You can bet this is an auto-buy for me. Take a gander at the cover!

Release date is December 18, 2018

About the book:

When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

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Review: The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King

February 13th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: February 13, 2018

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: The Hundredth Queen #3

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

My Thoughts:

I’ve really been loving this series and was excited for this third book to come out. I was a bit worried because I’m not a huge fan of love triangles and Prince Ashwin really got on my nerves in book 2. Throughout this book I did feel the urge to slap Kalinda a few times to make her wake up and realize what she had with Deven but I’ll admit there was a bit of a twist that made the love triangle more palatable. Still I thought the book could have been better without the love triangle and is one of the main reasons this isn’t 5 stars for me.

Other than that I really enjoyed the story. There was a lot of action and I loved seeing some of the past characters again such as Tinley, Indah and Pons. I wish we had a little more Brac but it was we did get to know a little more about his history as well. It was also nice seeing Kalinda come almost full circle as she goes back to the temple she was raised in and also back to the Palace to face the other ranis and courtesans she had left behind.

The only other minor disappointment I had was I thought this was a trilogy but the way it ends makes me think the series is continuing which is great but also I wanted to see what will happen in the end. Still a great read and I am grateful to the publisher for granting me access via Netgalley.

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Review: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

February 5th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: January 15, 2018

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

My Thoughts:

I’ve only read one other Vi Keeland book but when I read this blurb I had to read it because I just loved the idea of how Hunter charmed Nat’s mom. The book lived up to my expectations until the end and then I have to admit I lost a little respect for Hunter which knocked it down from a 5 star to a 3.5 star read for me. It is hard to explain why he lost my respect without spoiling the book but suffice to say once we find out why he’s so a relationship-phobic I wasn’t happy with how much he had pushed himself into Nat’s life. Up until that point he really won me over and when you see how great he is with her mom and step-daughter it is impossible not to fall head over heels for him. I also have to give Nat credit for being such an awesome step-mom in the situation her ex had left her in. I loved the storyline for the most part though the last part of the book kind of tainted the rest for me. So while I can’t say I loved this book it was good enough that I am looking forward to her next book.

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Review: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

January 31st, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 30, 2018

Publisher: Random House

Series: I Do, I Don’t #2

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

My Thoughts:

This is my third Lauren Layne book and has cemented her in my must read list and I need to go back and read all of her other books! I loved the first book in the series, Ready to Run, and I jumped at the chance to review Runaway Groom. Runaway Groom was just as good as Ready to Run and you don’t need to have read Ready to Run to jump into this one.

I loved both main characters and their little quirks. The story sort of reminded me of How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks which I also loved. It had the same type of humor, snappy dialog and a hero and heroine that you will come to love. I don’t want to go into too much more and give away any spoilers but trust me you will want to buy this book ASAP! If you haven’t picked up a Lauren Layne book before stop everything and go do that right now!

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Review: Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

January 30th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Moonlight Sins

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 30, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent… her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia…

My Thoughts:

I’ve loved all the other Jennifer L. Armentrout books I’ve read but I have to admit this one was just meh to me. It was a mix of mystery, thriller and romance but the story dragged a little to me. I felt the pacing could have moved a little faster and it would have made the book more enjoyable. I liked Julia and Lucien but I can’t say I fell in love with either. Lucien’s family has a lot of issues and Lucien’s brothers are intriguing. I will say I’m curious to find out more about Gabe and Devlin and since like I mentioned, I normally love Armentrout’s books I will definitely give the next one a try.

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Review + Giveaway: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

January 22nd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books


When love drives you crazy, the best thing to do is enjoy the ride!


About That Kiss
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 5
Jill Shalvis
Avon Books


When love drives you crazy . . .When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him
out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious
to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer
skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to
avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy.
And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But
everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain
knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover
surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over
“that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.


This series is what made me a Jill Shalvis fans and this addition was just as awesome as the earlier books. Joe was such a playboy so I couldn’t wait to see him fall hard. I’ll admit the premise of a stolen penguin carving seemed out there at first but trust Jill Shalvis to turn it into an addictive story line.

This book was filled with Shalvis’s trademark humor and great romance but there was also a good dose of mystery tossed in. I thought I had the guilty party pegged a few times and then would find out I was wrong. I love when I’m kept guessing and the culprit isn’t immediately obvious. I also was happy to see a few new characters fleshed out which I hope means this series is going to continue on by featuring their romances. Heartbreaker Bay is definitely a series you want to pick up for feel good romances that make you laugh and swoon!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary
romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also
a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold



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I’m Back!

January 15th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

So you may have noticed the long breaks recently in posting on here lately. I’ve been having problems with my blog going up and down but hopefully those kinks have been worked out. Sadly part of the problem meant I’ve lost all posts from the last two months or so. 🙁 But hopefully moving forward everything will be back on track. So Happy 2018!

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Review: The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

October 31st, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Playful Brides #8

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

My Thoughts:

I’ve heard a lot about Valerie Bowman but this is my first book by her and it was definitely an enjoyable read. For the most part I liked Meg and felt bad for her that she was a “spinster” pretty much because her father is a gambler and she has been relegated to the ton wallflower. Hart seems like a good chap but other than a few flashes of a good heart where he stands up for Meg to her mother way back when and that he cares for his sister I feel like we never dig too deeply into his character. It did feel a little bit too much like insta-love on his side in that he never paid much attention to Meg in all the years she’s been his sisters best friend until she’s put into a shiny, new dress by his sister and their friend Lucy. They don’t appear to spend a whole lot of time together throughout the book and it really seems like he only comes to truly want her when another many wants her.  Lucy also took things a little too far for my tastes in placing Hart and Meg in a situation where they are forced to marry. Yes, it appears they will be a good match but that doesn’t give her the right to force his hand even if she thinks she’s helping her friend.  Despite those couple of things I did enjoy the story.

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