Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: HOTEL RUBY by Suzanne Young
Expected publication: November 3rd, 2015 by Simon Pulse

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, October 05, 2015

"This Is One Moment" by Mila Gray


SERIES: Come Back to Me #2
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received via NetGalley

A girl who's determined to prove him wrong. Didi Monroe's waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one. While Zac's away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker's a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help. Yet Didi can't help but be drawn to him, and though he's strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them. As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn't believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be? Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.


I was a bit torn with this read... While I truly enjoyed the first part of the book, I have to admit towards the end it all felt too rushed and there were a few misunderstandings that seemed a bit childish. What I really liked were the minor characters, I felt more connected to them than with the main ones, even though I did like Walker. Didi is another matter entirely... What she has running on with Zac is not the relationship readers are lead to believe, one moment she's strongly against having any kid of contact with him and then, all of a sudden, she's all quite happy to meet him. Based on her thoughts and feelings, that sudden change doesn't make much sense and I was under the impression that from that very moment she started acting younger than she actually was.

Despite those issues, the writing wasn't bad, I had a few laughs thanks to some great side characters and the plot was good. I just think things were predictable in the end, and with a better character development I would have probably loved this book.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

"Never Never: Part One" by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher


SERIES: Never Never #1
GENRE: YA Contemporary/Paranormal
SOURCE: Free E-copy from iBooks

Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.


I've always heard lots of good things about both Hoover and Fishers' books from friends and fellow bloggers/reviewers, but never tried any of their works and that's why I decided to start from this collaboration between the two of them. I get this is something different, but I'm glad I chose to go for it.

Although readers can't understand what is going on—Charlie and Silas, we feel you!—the mystery around their sudden memory loss is what really keeps us turning page after page. The characters can't remember who they are, so the discoveries they make during this stirring journey shock them, especially since it seems like they can't really believe to be those people... Surely they are better than that? They are looking at themselves for the first time and the more they find out about their past, the choices they made and their behaviours, the more they realise they're not who they want to be. It's something that touches you because, despite the paranormal element, the self-discovery part is quite realistic.

I truly enjoyed this first part and I didn't find the ending disappointing in the latest. In fact, to me it does its job well leaving you curious to the point you know you have to grab the second part.

RATING: 3.5/5

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (#62)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!


This week's teaser: DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren

His neck is deeply tanned from working on the wide-open ocean all summer. I let my eyes travel lower, because—let's be real—I'd be a fool to not drink in the sight of this man before telling him to go fuck himself.

~Page 5

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Friday, September 25, 2015

"A Highlander's Heart" by Jennifer Haymore


SERIES: Highland Knights #1
PUBLISHER: Jennifer Haymore
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Free E-copy from Amazon

Major Sir Robert Campbell is a hero to the Scots and English alike. He's revered for his prowess as a leader and a soldier. He takes control of any troublesome situation...except when it involves the beautiful English woman who stole his heart four years ago. Lady Claire Campbell was smitten the moment she laid eyes on Rob. Who can resist a powerful Highland Warrior in a kilt? Especially one who has the rugged face of a god and can't take his eyes off you... Time and tragedy have torn Rob and Claire apart, and now Rob is going to the Continent to fight a brutal battle against Napoleon and the French. Claire follows him, desperate to heal what has broken between them. But some wounds go deeper than blows Rob receives on the battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.


When I saw this free novella I really couldn't resist the temptation... How could I, when I'm such a lover of Jennifer Haymore's stories? This author seems to always succeed in charming me with whatever she writes, no matter the length of the book, and "A Highlander's Heart" is a further proof of this. Rob and Clare have quite the passion burning between them, but their story has definitely more than that to offer. Something happened, a tragic event taking place in their lives made them fall apart and grow distant, so when they see each other again things aren't easy. They now find themselves reunited in the battlefield, a place where perhaps fixing a marriage is not the best but it may help Major Sir Robert Campbell see things through more clearly after all...

In the space of just a few chapters, you find yourself swooning, getting emotional but also laughing. Rob and his companions certainly know how to make an impression and I not only enjoyed every minute spent in their company, but I want to read more about each of them!

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