I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Review: Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight
Samantha Young
Paperback, 288 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Piatkus
Release Date: October 9th, 2018
Overall Rating: 4/5 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
                When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….

This book has been on my list for a while now. I just knew it was the type of book I would enjoy. Ava is having a rough time and meeting Caleb at the airport was both the best thing that happened to her and the worst. I’ll be honest Caleb was a complete jerk and I was wondering what was going to change in order to make me like him. There wasn’t a problem between me and Ava, I really liked her from the very beginning and as the story went on, I found myself liking her much more.

                This was a quick read. While it was the typical three act romance novel, the characters had depth, real flaws, neither one was too perfect or completely broken. The book was fun and funny yet serious and heartbreaking at times. I really enjoyed the ever-evolving relationship between the two leads, it felt realistic. I loved the dynamic between Ava and her best friend Harper. I really want to know more about Caleb’s brother Jamie, the little we know about him makes me want to dig deeper into his background. Ava and Caleb had problems that they had move past in order for them to be together and their reasons felt like they had merit, it felt believable, not the cheap reasons couple’s breakup just because they have to. I would love to read more about these two or from this world.

                I really enjoyed this book and recommend it everyone.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Blog Tour: THE FALLBACK



Today we are celebrating the release of THE FALLBACK, a standalone, contemporary romance title by Mariah Dietz! It is the book many readers and bloggers are calling Mariah's best work to date. It's FREE with KindleUnlimited.

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THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz

Available now in KindleUnlimited

Blurb:

Breaking up is hard to do.
It's even harder when you're not expecting it. Brooke Jensen is a planner. Not only in her personal life but also professionally as one of the most sought after event planners in Chicago. But, when the ideal life she built for herself, complete with handsome, long-term boyfriend and perfect apartment crumbles, she realizes there are some things you just can’t plan for. While trying to start anew from her best friend's guest room and discovering the best doughnuts in the city, an idea sparks to life when she meets Levi. He's intriguing, funny, and shockingly good-looking, and what had been a few stray thoughts becomes a new passion for Brooke, a blog detailing learning how to be single. The project introduces Brooke to new people and experiences, and keeps returning her back to Levi. But, Brooke learns kismet may have been wrong when she learns Levi is the last person she should be interested in. Falling for the wrong guy once has Brooke hesitant to start a new relationship, but Levi is quickly proving that The Fallback might be even better.

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Excerpt from The Fallback by Mariah Dietz


Yeah, but I think you got the wrong impression. See, I’m not…”
“Confusing? Frustrating? Enigmatic? You are. All of them. You’re also funny, and smart, and creative, and while I get the impression this scares you”—he waves a hand between us—“this thing between us, I’m going to shoulder this for both of us until you realize it’s worth it.”
The idea of he and I becoming a we is terrifying. It’s also inexplicably exciting.
“Is this because you see me as a challenge? Because I’m not falling at your feet?”
Levi shakes his head. “There’s something different about you. I recognized it the second I saw you.”
“What?”
He shakes his head again. “I have no idea.”
My attempt at laughing is as ludicrous as his claim. “That’s ridiculous. You didn’t know me—you don’t know me. Claiming there’s something different about me is absurd. I’m boring. I prefer pajamas to dresses, barefoot to shoes, and I am realizing that I really suck at almost all girly things. My idea of fun is finding the best doughnut shops in town, though you and Jerry sort of ruined that for me recently. And I’ve realized I’m about to turn thirty and I don’t think I know who in the hell I even am.”
“You’re almost thirty?”
“How old did you think I was?”
“Not thirty.”
“Cradle robber.”
He laughs. “I didn’t think you were twenty.”
“Why are you staring at me like that?”
“Like what?”
“Like you’re looking for wrinkles on my face.”
Levi closes his eyes, his laughter growing. “Did you know that when you get upset, your nose crinkles and you bite the inside of your cheek?”
“I’m not upset. I’m flustered.”
For some reason, this only makes him smile wider. “And when someone pays you a compliment, you deflect it and look away, which concerns me. Because I’m starting to believe you’re not actually hearing what people are saying to you.”
“Are you hearing what I’m saying to you?”
“I know Felicity, her kids, and husband are family to you and that when you feel threatened, your brilliance shines and you become really funny.”
“I’m not funny,” I say. “I’m mildly sarcastic, but most people don’t actually catch on, so I generally just sound like a moron.”
“Will you shut up and accept my compliment?” He looks at me again, daring me to oppose. It’s harder than it should be to keep his gaze and not refute his words—and even harder to consider them being true.
“Prepare yourself. Prepare your walls of defense and your excuses because I’m ready. I’m ready for all of it. I’m going to be here to break down every brick you build and shatter every lie you try to believe. And tonight, after I clean up this fuckface’s mess, I’m going to sleep with you, and you’re going to forget caring about what my mother might think, or do, or say and realize me being your client means jack shit.”
I stare at him, searching for words of protest, but I can’t find a single one because more than I want to object … I want to believe him.
He grins. “By the way, I’m going to be busy for the next two weeks.”
“What?”
“Apparently, I’ve got to work on my doughnut skills. That old fucker.”
I giggle so hard tears form in my eyes, and when I look across at Levi, he’s looking back at me like I’ve just hung the moon.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband and three sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.


AUTHOR LINKS:
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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week will be a different Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join and link up.

This week is: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Honestly this is a list that could go on forever. I get so many books and there are times that even though I’ve waiting for a book for month it will end up unread on my shelf.

*This list is no specific order*
*Click book title or series for Goodreads link



1.        Helen Hoang
2.      Roshani Chokshi
3.       Zoraida Cordova
4.      Shea Ernshaw
5.      Renee Ahdeieh
6.      Tiffany Pitcock
7.       Jasmine Guillory
8.      Nic Stone
9.      Ibi Zoboi
10.   Elly Blake

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Release Day Blitz: THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz

Today we are celebrating the release of THE FALLBACK, a standalone, contemporary romance title by Mariah Dietz! It is the book many readers and bloggers are calling Mariah's best work to date. It's FREE with KindleUnlimited.

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THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz

Available now in KindleUnlimited

Blurb:

     Breaking up is hard to do.

      It's even harder when you're not expecting it. Brooke Jensen is a planner. Not only in her personal life but also professionally as one of the most sought after event planners in Chicago. But, when the ideal life she built for herself, complete with handsome, long-term boyfriend and perfect apartment crumbles, she realizes there are some things you just can’t plan for.

       While trying to start anew from her best friend's guest room and discovering the best doughnuts in the city, an idea sparks to life when she meets Levi. He's intriguing, funny, and shockingly good-looking, and what had been a few stray thoughts becomes a new passion for Brooke, a blog detailing learning how to be single. The project introduces Brooke to new people and experiences, and keeps returning her back to Levi. But, Brooke learns kismet may have been wrong when she learns Levi is the last person she should be interested in. Falling for the wrong guy once has Brooke hesitant to start a new relationship, but Levi is quickly proving that The Fallback might be even better.

GET YOUR COPY NOW

Available to read for FREE in KindleUnlimited

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband and three sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.


AUTHOR LINKS:
InkSlinger PR Blogger Banner - New  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: First Half of 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week will be a different Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join and link up.

This week is: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019  

Honestly this is a list that could go on forever. I get so many books and there are times that even though I’ve waiting for a book for month it will end up unread on my shelf.

*This list is no specific order*
*Click book title or series for Goodreads link

1.        Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #13)
2.      Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #11)
3.       Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
4.      Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
5.      We Hunt the Flame by Hafsash Faizal


6.      The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
7.       The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
8.      The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
9.      Mystic by Cheryl Brooks (Cat Star Legacy #2)
10.   Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orisha #2)