Mar 19
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire

Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back and this time with a brand new series that features firefighters. Can we take a moment to drool over the cover? It’s stunning and ah, the look in his eyes screams determination! We have great character development. Meader has always written strong characters and Flirting with Fire is no exception. Our heroine, Kinsey Taylor, is feisty, competitive, and isn’t one to easily intimidate. I’ll admit, I thought I wasn’t going to like Kinsey because of how self assured and strong she is, but Meader made her relatable. How many of us have fallen for a guy only to realize he’s intimidated by us? Kinsey’s ex-fiancé can’t handle her awesomeness, but that’s okay because Meader has given her someone who isn’t afraid of her. And oh… Read more »

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Mar 19
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Top 5 Reasons Chicago is for Lovers by Kate Meader

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Top 5 Reasons Chicago is for Lovers by Kate Meader

Chicago is larger-than-life—just like my firefighting foster siblings, the Dempseys! And it’s also a great place to get your romance on. 1. The food. You could eat out a different restaurant every night of the week for years and never get bored. And we all know, variety is key to any great relationship. *wink* 2. The lake. It’s blue and twinkles in the sunlight and there’s nowhere more romantic on a hot summer night, especially if you know a guy with a boat. 3. The architecture. Tall, shiny skyscrapers mix with old school buildings, making Chicago an epic destination. Against the backdrop of the beautiful skyline, how could you not fall in love? 4. The neighborhoods. You might find love with a billionaire on a trip down the Mag Mile,… Read more »

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Mar 18
Excerpt: Kate Meader’s Flirting With Fire

Excerpt: Kate Meader’s Flirting With Fire

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Kate Meaders’s Flirting With Fire. Enjoy! Synopsis: Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men. But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s… Read more »

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Mar 11
Dear Secret Sister #1

Dear Secret Sister #1

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: First of all, I’m so excited to participate in this round and can’t wait to FINALLY meet you when the time comes. You have been so kind and generous and I want to fangirl with you over things. Thank you for the wonderful Valentine’s package! I adore Jessica Lemmon’s writing and I’ve always wanted one of her heroes (my heart… Read more »

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Mar 05
Book Review: Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me

Book Review: Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me

Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me is the third book in her Between Breaths series. If you haven’t read the first two in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Whisper to Me. I do recommend you read them only because Lee mentions a few things from the books and you might consider spoilers, but I don’t. We have good character development. Ever since I was introduced to Rachel (in All of You) I wanted to know more about her! She’s sassy, strong, and opinionated and I wanted to be her best friend! We finally get to know who she is and wow…Lee gave us a surprise and all I can say is here we have a woman who really does change her personality. The Rachel… Read more »

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Mar 03
Book Review: Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss

Book Review: Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss

If you’ve seen How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, then you know the plot quite well. As I read Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss, thoughts of Andie and Ben came to mind. If you’re not familiar with the film, basically Andie works for a magazine (think Cosmo) and decides to write a story, how a girl can lose a guy and showcases the tips of where she went wrong. On the other side is Ben who makes a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him and if he wins, he gets a lucrative contract. Well…let’s just say Andie and Ben come together and both don’t know they are using each other. Layne’s After the Kiss is very similar to the film, but in… Read more »

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Feb 26
Channel Surfing: Frozen

Channel Surfing: Frozen

Over Christmas I finally watched Disney’s Frozen and admit, I had more questions than answers. Since then, I’ve watched it twice more and still my questions aren’t even close to being answered! • Where does Elsa get her powers from? We aren’t ever told the whole who, what, and why. I have a suspicion her father might know more? • Why keep the sisters apart? Why couldn’t they tell Anna exactly what happened and why it was necessary to protect her? • Why do most Disney movies involve the death of a parent (or both)? Seriously, why? I still cry for Bambi! • So who was regent in Arendelle while the country waits for Elsa’s coming of age? • Where did Anna get the money to buy the goods for… Read more »

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Feb 25
Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Noelle August’s Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series and if you haven’t read the first book, Boomerang, it’s not necessary to enjoy Rebound. August doesn’t touch up events from Boomerang though I admit, had I read it, I would have perhaps had a better understanding of Alison and the whole concept of Boomerang as a company. We have good character development despite the fact it’s a bit weak in some areas. Our heroine is Alison Quick and if you’ve read Boomerang, you probably hate her for what she did to Ethan. I can honestly say, give her a chance because you’ll get to know her and realize why she does what she did. I liked her and she has this tough girl attitude but it’s an illusion… Read more »

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Feb 25
Excerpt: Noelle August’s Rebound

Excerpt: Noelle August’s Rebound

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Noelle August’s Rebound. Enjoy! Synopsis: Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos. Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life. Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove… Read more »

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Feb 24
Books Ahoy!: Tanya J Peterson

Books Ahoy!: Tanya J Peterson

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I have a confession…I’ve had Tanya J. Peterson’s interview questions since October. As some of you know, my grandmother got sick in November and then died in December and I failed to post this during those months. Here it is and I apologize to Tanya for the lateness in posting these! I loved getting to know her better and hopefully you’ll find a book… Read more »

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Feb 23
Book Review: Emma Mars’ Hotelles

Book Review: Emma Mars’ Hotelles

Emma Mars’ Hotelles is the first book of a French trilogy. I read the English translation and admit, I was really excited to read it because of the synopsis, but sadly it falls a bit short. For the most part, it’s a slow read. I mean s-l-o-w and you’ll want to skip pages or even skim to get ahead, alas nothing noteworthy really happens to capture one’s interest. While I enjoy mysteries, Hotelles isn’t exactly a traditional mystery, but rather the journey of a young woman who becomes sexually awakened. 1. I liked the idea of an escort meeting the man of her dreams. I wanted this to be a bit like Pretty Woman, but it’s not. Annabelle is a rather reluctant escort. She doesn’t want to be in the… Read more »

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Feb 02
One Liners: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

One Liners: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan… Read more »

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