Most anticipated reads of 2017!

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There are so many great books coming in 2017! Below are some I can’t wait for  ❤


Spiders In The Grove (In The Company of Killers #7) by JA Redmerski:

No cover. No release date. No Blurb. No problem. I still am dying for the next book in this fantastic series!

Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie (*set in the book world of Amour Amour but can be read as a standalone):

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Some love is infinite.
“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”
It was terrible advice.
My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.
He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.
He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

 

Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (*spin off from the Addicted Series but can be read as a standalone):

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Fame has immortalized them.
Family has bonded them.
Love will destroy them.

*P.S. I am claiming Maximoff right now. Let it be known. Spread the word. 😀

Book 4 in the Game On Series by Kristen Callahan:

Another with no blurb or cover yet. BUT. I love this series SO MUCH, and word is Kristen is bringing it back to the college scene and this story will focus on Cal Alder, the quarterback who takes Drew’s place when he is injured, and is a friends/enemies/to lovers romance!

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios:

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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor:

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Give me anything this woman writes and I will devour it. This Cover. This blurb! :

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Sinner (Priest #2) By Sierra Simone:

No exact release date or cover yet. But there is a blurb! :

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren:

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Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando

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Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don’t Know My Name,from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


*rubs hands together* 2017 is looking good!

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The best book I’ve read this year. Maybe EVER: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

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Wolfsong by TJ Klune – 5 MILLION STARS

6c050-goodreads-button“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”

How does one review perfection? I don’t know. But I am sure going to try.

I knew from chapter 1 this was going to be a 5 star read. That this was going to be the best thing I’ve read in a while. Or maybe even one of the best books I’ve read, EVER.

You know when a book is so good you have to go back and re-read chapters because you just don’t want it to end? You know when a book is so good that you RUSH home and shut out the world so you can focus on the story and nothing else? You know when a book is so good you sneak your kindle out wherever you are so you can just be with the characters for a little while longer?

That was this book. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading it. I think I’ll just re-read chapters for the rest of time.

“And I’ve been waiting,” Joe said. “For him to look at me like I looked at him. And he finally did. He finally did. And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it stays like that. Because I want him for always.”

I mean. I highlighted whole chapters. WHOLE ENTIRE FREAKING CHAPTERS.

I was not prepared for the emotional slaughter this put me through. I was NOT prepared to fall in love with the simplistic writing style. Or to laugh as hard as I did. Or to have my heart burst from the love that oozed from the pages or the incredible characters.

“You confuse me. You aggravate me. You’re amazing and beautiful, and sometimes, I want to put my teeth in you just to watch you bleed. I want to know what you taste like. I want to leave my marks on your skin. I want to cover you until all you smell like is me. I don’t want anyone to touch you ever again. I want you. Every part of you.”

To quote the great Suanne Laqueur, “What the fuck is this book doing being a profoundly beautiful love story?” For real, TJ Klune, who the hell do you think you are creating this masterpiece?

Wtf man.

You’ve ruined me. RUINED ME. You have also sabotaged anything I try and pick up after this. There is no freaking way anything will compare.

All kidding aside, every single person needs to read this book. I will be harassing you until you do. 🙂

“There was never anyone else the entire time I was gone. There was never anyone else for me. Because even if you couldn’t hear me when I called for you, the howl in my heart was always meant for you.”


FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2016!

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I didn’t read as much as I did in 2015, but I did read some fantastic books this year. In no particular order, here are my favorite books –and ok I cheated, I included some series 😉 -read this year!

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Below are some of the graphics I made for these amazing books ❤

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Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! Here’s to a good year and great books in 2017 ❤

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Here are some favs from some other awesome bloggers:

Relentless Romance ❤ Feeding My Book Addiction ❤ Smokin’ Hot Book Blog ❤ I Love Book Love ❤ Reading Frenzy Book Blog ❤  Night Owl Reader

Unpopular Opinion Alert: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I KNOW I KNOW the minority once again.

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 2 Stars

I’m conflicted with this story. I loved the first half of this, but after about 70% or so, there were things I didn’t understand and some things I just didn’t enjoy.

As you may have read from the blurb, Emma and Jesse meet as teenagers, fall in love, and marry. But after a helicopter crash, Jesse goes missing and is assumed to be dead. Fast forward 3 years, Emma moves back home and is reacquainted with a childhood friend, Sam. They start to date, fall in love, and eventually become engaged. But a few months after their engagement, Jesse is found and returns home.

In the beginning, when the characters are in their teenage years, I loved how the author unfolded how they all met and the years that followed. I found the dry witty humor refreshing and I just immediately connected with the story. I really liked Emma’s personality and I loved how insightful it was.

Now what didn’t work for me is going to be a little harder to explain without spoiling anything. But the last 70% or so was just so ….convenient, and was wrapped up way too neatly in a nice little bow. The way things ended and so easily came together didn’t seem realistic to me. At all. I also didn’t understand Emma’s decisions toward the end. In fact, they angered me quite a bit. Again, I can’t say much more without spoiling some parts, so I’ll leave a more detailed description with some spoilers for those who want to know below.

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One of the main things I did not like about this was how Jesse accepts him and Emma aren’t going to be together after 1 conversation. This wasn’t believable to me. They have spent their LIVES loving one another. He comes back fully expecting them to be together. And for him to let her go after one simple conversation didn’t seem realistic.

Also, Jesse spent 3 years on a secluded island fighting for his life. For him to come back seemingly fine and with no alteration to his personality, PTSD, anything, was also unrealistic to me. Sure, he admits later on he doesn’t feel “right” and this may have been discussed “off screen”. But someone who goes through that ordeal must have some resonating symptoms. I am sure there are exceptions to this, but I didn’t believe it.

Lastly, and the biggest issue for me here: After Emma decides to leave Jesse, and she is 100% sure she wants to be with Sam, she sleeps with Jesse. Again. WHY?! I didn’t understand the need for that and it angered me. Her claim that it was a “goodbye” was ridiculous. And pretty disgusting.
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And how Sam reacts to basically knowing Emma slept with her once-dead husband? COME. ON. No anger, no resentment. Nothing? Just an “It’s ok, it happened.” That wasn’t believable at ALL. I don’t care how understanding you are. I don’t care if you’re a saint or the Dalai Lama himself. Knowing your fiancé has slept with someone else (multiple times) has got to evoke some emotions and anger.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read at first, though I didn’t agree with how a lot of things were handled later on. I do think books like this that involve a sort of love triangle / cheating are a tricky thing to write. Naturally, people are going to pick sides and find the person in the middle selfish and not always understand their decisions. Which is what the main issue was for me. While I can’t deny that the author is a talented writer, I enjoyed the first half so much more than the last.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

Here To Stay by Suanne Laqueur – 5 Million Stars!

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Here To Stay (The Fish Tales #3) by Suanne Laqueur- 5 Stars

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Confession: I don’t ever put off reading books in a series. If all the books have been released, I read them all back to back.

But I put off reading this book. Why? Because I didn’t want to cry. And I KNEW when I read it I would cry. All Suanne does is make me fucking cry.

AND BOY DID I FUCKING CRY.

I realize I’m cursing like a sailor here. But I don’t like to cry and I rarely cry so when I do cry it’s because I’ve reached a breaking point and the damn has burst and my emotions are over flooding and I feel chaotic and I don’t like to feel chaotic and this is what Suanne’s fucking writing does to me.

But I swear all this cursing and crying is a good thing. A really good thing. Because Suanne is a fucking Jedi Master when it comes to words and she is poetic and her prose is magic and lyrical and GOD I LOVE AND HATE HER ALL AT ONCE FOR MAKING ME SO EMOTIONAL.

Hands down one of the greatest series of all time. I can’t praise Suanne and her fucking brilliant writing enough.

Fucking read this series. The end.

Read my reviews for book 1 The Man I Love here and book 2 Give Me Your Answer True here.


Unpopular Opinion Alert : Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu- 1 Star

Can I just start by saying I really really REALLY wanted to like this book? But Jesus. What a disaster.

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What didn’t work:

1. The BIGGEST ISSUE – The two MCs, June and Day, were written in such a blasé way and I could barely tell them apart. If it wasn’t for the different fonts chosen for each POV, I wouldn’t have been able to tell who was who. They were completely indistinguishable. This was especially annoying seeing as they grew up in completely different environments.

2. This author’s writing was robotic, monotone, and had ZERO emotion. The prose was SO disappointing. So emotionless in fact I didn’t feel a single thing while reading this. Danger, intrigue, lust – nothing jumped from the pages even though this book had a lot of action in it and a “star crossed” love story. Even the personalities of the MCs were stale. They never experience any emotions whatsoever. Fear, grief, anger – NOTHING!

Her dry as toast writing also ruined their first kiss. After it happened, my only thought was “that’s it?” The lead up and the first kiss between the government’s most wanted criminal and the girl sent to catch him should have been filled with angst. Instead it was like reading about someone’s great great grandfather kissing his wife.

3. The absolute lack of any world building – I’m not even elaborating on this one. I’d be here all day.

4. The plot was boring, predictable, completely convenient, and cliché. Again not going to go into details with this, but the things these characters did, the situations that so easily presented themselves…give me a break.

Overall a really disappointing read and an author I don’t think I’ll ever read again unless she has miraculously changed her writing style since this was released.

Sneak peek at Hit The Spot by J. Daniels!

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Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?

This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Book 1–Four Letter Word

 

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EXCERPT

Hammerjacks was dimly lit and packed with bodies, some dancing together and others crowding the bar, waiting to get served. I started scanning the room as I came up beside Tori, who was doing the same even though she had no idea who she was looking for.

I saw Quinn almost instantly. She wasn’t hard to spot.

The bright pink spiked-out hair helped with that.

“There,” I said, pointing in the direction of the bar where my sister was sitting on a stool, head turned away from the group of shitheads swarming her.

She was alone. That pissed me off.

She was here, in town visiting, and she was looking for ass. That pissed me off, too.

Not much I could do about the second thing, I understood it, but she was gonna hear my feelings toward the other whether she wanted to hear them or not.

“What’s her name again?” Tori asked as we made our way over.

“Quinn,” I said.

She nodded, face serious. Then she tucked stray pieces of hair behind her ears and smoothed out the rest of her pony, pulled the one sleeve of her shirt down so it exposed her shoulder and bra strap, straightened her spine, tipped her chin up, and put on a smile before rushing ahead.

“Hey, sweetie. Sorry I’m late,” Tori chirped, squeezing in between my sister and the shitheads as if they weren’t standing there. She grabbed Quinn’s face, bent down, and kissed her cheek. “I missed you. Did you miss me?” she asked, bringing both hands to Quinn’s neck and holding there while standing between her bent knees.

Tori was smiling and playing the part, leaning close and making it seem like they were really together, or at least really feeling each other. My sister was blinking up at Tori, looking baffled but also looking like she was wanting to buy everything Legs was selling.

I wasn’t surprised. Quinn shared my taste in women. And I definitely had a taste for Legs.

“Whoa, are you two…damn. Is this your girl?” one of the shitheads asked from behind Tori, pointing at the back of her.

“Jesus,” another one chimed in, looking his fill. “What are the chances of me watchin’ you two go at it? This is fuckin’ hot.”

I stepped up then, not liking the tone of this guy and the shit coming out of his mouth, and wanting to make my presence known.

He saw me approach and shot me a hard look, asking, “You gotta problem?”

“Jamie.”

Teeth clenched and fists forming, I looked to Quinn, not taking the bait he was throwing out.

She was watching me, eyes serious and mouth tight, subtly shaking her head in warning ’cause she knew I couldn’t be fighting or doing anything that could draw negative attention. Then she turned her attention onto Tori when she twisted and slid into Quinn’s lap.

“Fishing in the wrong pond, boys,” Tori informed them, sweeping her gaze over the three while putting her arm around Quinn’s shoulders and pressing close. “Get lost. We’re not interested.” Then she turned all of her attention onto my sister and amped up her game, giggling as she kept her face close to hers and running her fingers through her hair, smiling, whispering, really flirting and looking into it, all while blocking the view of the shitheads so they couldn’t watch.

And everything Legs was doing, my sister was eating up.

Wrapping her arms around Tori and holding on to her, smiling back, laughing, looking like she was falling in love and thinking this was real and something sustainable.

I was starting to regret incorporating Tori into this plan. She was a little too good at her game. Straight up. Maybe the best at it.

I was also starting to get mildly jealous watching my sister getting attention from the one woman who was hell-bent on ignoring my ass.

“Man, whatever,” the one guy said, grabbing his beer and looking to his friends. “Come on. I’m not wastin’ my time on lesbian pussy.”

His friends murmured their agreement, mentioned something about hitting up Roy’s, a bar down the street, then grabbed their beers and stepped away.

When they were out of earshot, I shifted my eyes to Legs, telling her, “Think you sold it. You can get off my sister now.”

Tori smiled proudly, lifting her shoulders with a little dance. Then she looked to Quinn, keeping the smile, and said, “Hey, I’m Tori. Your brother dragged me here, so I figured I’d offer my assistance instead of letting him handle it, since he can’t fight and all.”

“Can fight, just shouldn’t,” I corrected her. I jerked my chin. “Hop off.”

Quinn moved her hands up Tori’s back and licked her lips. “Wicked plan,” my sister told her. “I was totally into that.”

“I think it got the point across,” Tori replied. “I really like your hair, by the way.” She ran her fingers through it again. “The color looks great on you.”

“Really?”

“Absolutely. It really makes your eyes pop.”

“I was thinking about going purple…”

“Have you tried bleaching the roots and just painting the color on the ends? I think that would look amazing with purple.”

Jesus.

“Legs,” I barked.

Both of their heads whipped around and faced my direction.

“You feelin’ like gettin’ up so we can get the fuck outta here?” I asked, thinking only about the food back at her place I was wanting to eat and not about how comfortable my sister’s hands looked gripping on to Tori’s body.

“She’s fine,” Quinn offered, keeping her hands locked around Legs. “Really. She doesn’t have to move.”

I shot a glare at Quinn, communicating how I felt about that suggestion, then shifted that glare to Tori.

“I was getting up. Relax. We were just talking,” she huffed, moving off Quinn’s lap and coming to stand beside me. “You’re welcome, by the way,” she murmured.

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logo-rectangle-1-2400-x-1025J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

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