Stacking the Shelves — November 11th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • Anything But Extraordinary (Extraordinary #1) by Mary Frame — released November 9th, 2017. I LOVE Mary Frame so I had to pre-order this one.

Samples I Purchased:

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  • Making You Mine (The Moreno Brothers #5) by Elizabeth Reyes. She will be at Book Bonanza 2018 and I liked the sample so I bought it and haven’t regretted it one bit.

Got It On Sale:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases January 30th, 2018.  I still have to read book 1, but I’m very excited to dive into this series!!  Her ARCs are very hard to get approved for, so yay me!

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • Enchant (The Enchanted Series #1) by Micalea Smeltzer — releases November 17th, 2017.  I actually won this ARC in a contest in Melissa Pearl/Jordan Ford’s fan group on Facebook!  That cover is STUNNING and I’m super intrigued!  I don’t read nearly enough non-contemporary books.

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • Anything But Extraordinary (Extraordinary #1) by Mary Frame — released November 9th, 2017.  Curly Carla LOVES this author, so when I saw this new release had a preorder sale price of only 99 cents, it was a no-brainer.  It’s still 99 cents in fact.  I just read and discovered it’s a 3 part series though, so perhaps I should preorder the other ones now too…

Purchased:

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  • Love in the Friend Zone (Grad Night #1) by Molly E. Lee — I finally got around to reading my ARC of this one, and enjoyed it so much I figured I’d snag the final copy!!  Read my review here.
  • Just One of the Boys by Leah and Kate Rooper — I am RARELY too impatient to wait for a sale, but I just keep seeing this one and I keep wanting it, and finally I just said fuck it…it must be mine.  Let’s hope it lives up to my internal hype!

Got It On Sale:

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  • Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik — I recently bought a paperback version of this book through Book Outlet, but since I prefer reading ebooks, I’ve been watching that price.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.99 from its usual $5.24, I one-clicked!  Still on sale!
  • Crushing on Kate (Red Maple Falls #2) by Theresa Paolo — As I’ve mentioned in previous Stacking the Shelves, I’ve been collecting this new series by Ms. Paolo, but I missed this one.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99, and then also got Ms. Paolo’s newsletter that announced a huge sale on a few of the books in this series, I said SCORE!!  The sale is still on, you should check it out!  The first 4 books are on sale (book 1 free, book 2 99 cents, book 3 $1.99, book 4 $2.99, all from their usual $3.99).
  • I Temporarily Do (Cordially Invited #1) by Ellie Cahill — I’ve read and enjoyed books by Ms. Cahill in the past, so when I saw this one on both my BookBub and My Book Cave Team emails, on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99, I figured why not!  I love marriage of convenience tropes!
  • Christmas Nights (Diamond Creek, Alaska #6) by J.H. Croix — Spotted this on my BookBub email for free (I think it’s usually $3.99), and it sounded cute!  And I’m still hoarding Christmas books for the HoHoHo Read-a-thon I’m currently participating in, and for my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge coming up later in the month.
  • Santa’s Secret (Christmas Wishes #1) by Serenity Woods — Another Christmas freebie spotted on BookBub (usually $3.99 I think).  MOAR HOARDING.
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Déjà Revu November 6th, 2017

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Stacking the Shelves — November 4th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

Got It On Sale:

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  • Fatal Pursuit (Aegis #3) by Elisabeth Naughton. This was free to me from my kindle for Samsung app. Great app, everyone should get it, one free book a month. Who could pass that up?
  • Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance (Winston Brothers #0.5, Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid. Now, this one I got on sale for free but the title is a bit misleading. You see, there are two series that kinda sorta intertwine with each other by Miss Reid. While this reads Winston Brothers book 1 in the title, the blurb reads that it is the 4th book in the Knitting in the city series. Which actually makes sense if you are reading both series as I have. At any rate, it can be read as a stand alone if you so choose.
  • Monarch (The War of Princes #3) by A.R. Ivanovich. I snagged up this one and the last one they were on sale for 99 pennies each, in fact at the time I write this, they are still on sale. So if I was you I would go and grab these while you can. The whole series is on sale for 99 cents each!
  • Lastland (The War of Princes #4) by A.R. Ivanovich. Again, got it on sale and it’s still at the sale price!
  • 33 Amazing Recipes for Homemade Brownies by Pamela Kazmierczak. I saw this on my eReaderIQ daily email and figured with baking season approaching I could try some new recipes.
  • Crushing on Cooper (Camp Firefly Falls #3) by Violet Vaughn. The blurb pulled me in.
  • The Black Chapel (Chapel #1) by Marilyn Cruise. I have some guilty pleasure books, fake marriage to billionaires are one of them. Pretty sure this book is still free if you also have a guilty pleasure like me.
  • All of Me (The Bridemaids Club #1) by Leeanna Morgan. The cover is adorable and I could use a feel good love story right about now. Also, I’m pretty sure this is still free.

Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Love on the Tracks (Snow & Ice Games #1) by Tamsen Parker from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases December 5th, 2017.  An Olympic athlete (and a luger to boot) and a celebrity?  Sign me up!

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe (Jacob’s Ladder #1) by Katie Ashley from L. Woods PR — releases November 7th, 2017.  I was invited to review this book, and it sounded pretty good, so I figured why not!  I actually just finished reading this one, and it wasn’t my kind of writing…review will be coming soon.  Ah well!
  • After Lucas (Stonegate Series #2) by Tudor Robins — released October 31st, 2017.  I still have to read the first book in this series!!  I’m so behind you guys.  But I’ve truly enjoyed the books I’ve read by this author, so I’m excited to have another!

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • Butterfly: A Public Enemy Standalone by Cambria Hebert — released November 3rd, 2017.  I love this author, so it was a no brainer to preorder her newest book…  This one sounds great too, I kind of want to sneak it in right now!

Got It On Sale:

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  • Trust by Kylie Scott — I read a NetGalley ARC of Trust this summer, and I LOVED IT (read my review here).  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $4.99, I jumped all over it!  And good thing too, b/c it was only a one day sale.
  • Stage Kissed by Cassie Mae and Kelley Lynn — This book was rereleased on November 1st, with a brand new cover!!  I had the old copy, but I bought this new one too because it’s currently on sale for only 99 cents!  I can’t recommend it enough, read my review here and Curly Carla’s review here.

 

Stacking the Shelves — October 28th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Lenore: You guys, I haven’t done one of these since the end of September, b/c between Thanksgiving and a trip to NYC I’ve been swamped.  So this is likely going to be LONG.  Four weeks worth long.  And I’m not even going to include the paperbacks I got from the Big Apple Author Event.

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Hooking Up by Helena Hunting from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases November 7th, 2017. Lenore let me know when this was up for grabs on netgalley, and I got it! I’m a huge fan of HH so of course I had to read this! And it didn’t disappoint, my review will be up soon.
  • Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins from the author — released February 27th, 2017. I’m also a big fan of JH. And Lenore reminded me when this was available on netgalley. I really don’t deserve her. But I’m not giving her up so don’t let her know I said that. 😉

New Releases:

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  • Finding Me (Xtreme Bachelor #2) by Caylie Marcoe — released October 18th, 2017.  I had the immense pleasure of alpha and beta reading this book. It’s pretty fantastic. And I Flove the cover!  Read my review here.
  • Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay — released October 26th, 2017. I was lucky enough to alpha and beta read this one too! I have been waiting pretty patiently for this one to come out for a while. It was worth the wait!

Books I Purchased:

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  • Beard in Mind (The Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid — I think I may have read all PR’s books, I’d have to double check though. Anyway, I didn’t know this was even out yet, so I had to remedy the fact that I didn’t own it.

Got It On Sale:

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  • Fatal Trust by Diana Miller — It looked good when I read the blurb, I was looking for something Halloweenie, plus it was free at the time so I figured, what have I got to lose?
  • The Bohemian and the Businessman (The Story Sisters #1) — I think this went on sale a while back and I have read some of her other books and enjoyed them so yeah, a no brainer really.
  • A Christmas Homecoming (Bar V5 Dude Ranch #5) by Melissa McClone. I was looking for some books for a Xmas reading challenge that is being hosted by Just Another Girl And Her Books (in association with Caroline Andrus ~ Blogger/Author) called The 12 books of Christmas challenge. Which you can sign up for here.  #12booksofchristmas . Hot damn that’s a lot of links!

Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Nailed It by Cindi Madsen from Entangled: Amara (Entangled Publishing LLC) — released October 23rd, 2017.  I’ve already read this book, and unfortunately it was only OK for me (see my review here).
  • ‘Tis the Season Bundle by Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews, Heidi Rice, and Kate Hardy from Entangled: Indulgence (Entangled Publishing LLC) — released December 9th, 2013.  This is an older release, but I’m always looking for more Christmas reads (especially for my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge).
  • Hooking Up by Helena Hunting from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases November 7th, 2017.  I’m not sure if these books are related at all, other than in style, but Curly Carla loved Ms. Hunting’s Shacking Up (see her review here), so when I saw this for request (and knowing this author will be at both Apollycon 2018 and Book Bonanza), I went for it.
  • Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases January 9th, 2018.  What can I say?  I love fake relationship romances.
  • Van (Cold Fury Hockey #9) by Sawyer Bennett from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases November 28th, 2017.  I’ve read the sixth book in this series (read my review for Max) and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to check out another book in this world.  Also, this author will be attending Book Bonanza…though since these books are digital only, that will probably just frustrate me if I love it.
  • Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes from the author — releases November 27th, 2017.  This just sounds awesome…I love royalty stories.
  • Merrily in Love (The Littleton Brothers #3) by Melissa West from Lyrical Shine (Kensington Books) — releases November 7th, 2017.  Another book for my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge.
  • The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski from Entangled: Crush (Entangled Publishing LLC) — releases November 7th, 2017.  Love this line by Entangled.  And always love friends to lovers stories.
  • Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews from Entangled: Crush (Entangled Publishing LLC) — releases November 7th, 2017.  A football player taking ballet??  YES PLEASE!

NetGalley ARC Widgets Offered (and Taken):

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  • Dance With Me (Dance Off #2) by Alexis Daria from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases December 12th, 2017.  I recently read the first book in this series (read my review for Take the Lead) and enjoyed it.  So when I was offered a widget for this book, I said yes please!

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen — released October 20th, 2017.  I LOVED this book (read my review here), and LOVED Dave Beringer.  I even tried to find him when I was in Brooklyn, but alas, no luck.  This could have also gone under the next heading, b/c I did preorder it as well.
  • The Perfect Couple (Passion, Vows & Babies Kindle Worlds Novella) by Ginger Scott — released October 18th, 2017.  This was a surprise release, so I haven’t had a chance to read it yet!  But I’m really looking forward to it.

Preorders That Went Live:

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  • The Princess and the Pizza Man (Destined for Love: Mansions) by Cassie Mae — released October 3rd, 2017.  This one was so cute!  Read my review here.
  • Hung Up on Hadley (Red Maple Falls #5) by Theresa Paolo — released October 10th, 2017.  I’ve been collecting this series, especially because this author often has preorder/release day sales!  I just need to find the time to get started!

New Releases:

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  • Unloved by Katy Regnery — released October 8th, 2017.  I ADORED this book you guys.  Like LOVED it.  You can read my review here.  So of course I had to get the final copy.
  • Strike Out (Barlow Sisters #2) by Jordan Ford — released October 20th, 2017.  I beta read this baby!!  LOVE Max and Cairo!  Of course I haven’t written my review yet.  Whoops.  I’m getting really bad at this in my later beta reading years.
  • Finding Me (Xtreme Bachelor #2) by Caylie Marcoe — released October 18th, 2017.  See?  Another amazing book I beta read but have yet to write a review for.  You guys, it’s an epidemic.  But this book is SO F-ING GOOD, go buy it now!!
  • Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay — released October 26th, 2017.  If you guessed I beta read this one too, you would be correct!!  And yet again, no review to show for it!  *sigh*  But trust me when I say this trilogy conclusion was all that and a bag of chips, and is hands down my favourite dystopian/sci-fi series of all time.

Had To Get The Next In The Series:

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  • Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) by Lauren Layne — While I had the paperback of this book already, I rarely read paperbacks anymore.  And since I wanted to read this before the Big Apple Author Event I just attended a few weeks ago, I sucked it up and bought the Kindle version.  Luckily it was a hit for me, read my review here.

Got It On Sale:

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  • Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie — I’ve read a few books in the series this is a spin off of, so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.60 from its usual $3.99 I snagged it!  Still on sale!
  • Dating-ish (Knitting in the City #6) by Penny Reid — I’m always on the look out for Penny Reid sales, so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.99 from its usual $5.99, I grabbed it quick!  And good thing, b/c that was a quickie sale (ie it’s over).  I’ve met her twice already, but I’m going to try to read this before my next opportunity to meet her at Apollycon 2018.
  • The Kidnapped Christmas Bride (Taming of the Sheehans #3, A Marietta Christmas #5) by Jane Porter — Saw this one on BookBub for free from its usual $3.99, and figured I’d add to my Christmas book collection.  Still on sale!
  • Say Yes (Bound to be Naughty) by J.R. Gray — I was cleaning up my wishlist, and I’d had this one on there from when I read Curly Carla’s review here.  But then it disappeared from Amazon for awhile.  It’s back now!  Technically I don’t know if this one is on sale for 99 cents, or if that’s it’s always price, but I stick it in this section anyways.
  • The Proposing Kind (Brew Ha Ha #4) by Bria Quinlan — I’ve only read one book in this series, but I love Ms. Quinlan’s books, so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $2.20 from its usual $3.99, I snatched it up!  Still on sale!
  • Falling for Colton (Falling #5) by Jasinda Wilder — I loved the first book in this series, and I believe this is a prequel of sorts.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for free from its usual $4.99 I snagged it!  Still free!
  • Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick — This author will be attending Apollycon 2018, and I’ve read some great reviews for this book by bloggers I follow, so I put it on my wishlist.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99 I one-clicked!  Alas, sale is over.
  • Bedmates (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase — I really enjoy this author, and have wanted to read this book for FOREVER!  But since it was traditionally published, and whomever has the Canadian rights decided the Kindle version should be $10 (instead of the $4.99 for the US), I wishlisted and held off.  And it’s been so frustrating, b/c every time it went on sale, it wouldn’t be for me in Canada.  So when I got another eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.99 from its usual “$4.99”, I scoffed…but this ONE TIME it was for me too!!  And I’m so excited, b/c this author is attending both Apollycon 2018 and Book Bonanza, so I can’t wait to read this in the next few months!  No longer on sale (for me, or for US).
  • Bound by the Past (Clandestine #1, Lowell High School #1) by Mari Carr — I read this book awhile ago and really enjoyed it, but I can’t remember how I got it originally.  It was republished recently and I wishlisted it (I don’t remember why), so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for free from its usual $4.99 I snagged it.  No longer on sale.
  • The Touch (The Cotiere Chronicles #2) by Michelle Bolanger — I have the paperback of this book but, as I’ve said, I just don’t read them…so I wishlisted the kindle version.  But I kept missing the sales!  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99 I snagged it!  Still on sale!  And if you need to be convinced, read Curly Carla’s review here.
  • Cross Check (Bayard Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson — I read and really enjoyed a NetGalley ARC of this book (read my review here).  So when I saw this one on BookBub for $1.99 from its usual $4.99, I added it to my collection!  No longer on sale.
  • Justice Buried (Starbright #1) by Hilary Thompson — Curly Carla shared this sale on the Facebook page, when it was free!  But honestly, it’s only 99 cents…so still a great deal.
  • Reach You (Second Chances #5) by Mari Carr — I tend to enjoy Ms. Carr’s books, so when I saw this one on BookBub for free from its usual $3.99, I figured why not?!  Still free!
  • Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack — I have no idea how I knew this one was on sale.  I think I was cleaning up my eReaderIQ lists, and while this one hadn’t hit my $2 threshold and so I didn’t get a notice, knowing that it’s usually like $10 for me, when I saw it was $2.99 I snagged it.  No longer on sale.  Hoping to read this one in the next few months, because this is another author who will be attending both Apollycon 2018 and Book Bonanza.
  • Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid — Another new Penny Reid book wishlisted, another eReaderIQ alert about a rare/quick sale (for $1.99 from its usual $5.99)!  Glad I caught it!
  • The Christmas Secret (Marvells of Montana #2, Secrets of Cherry Lake #7) by Jeannie Watt — Saw this one on BookBub for free from its usual $2.99, and figured I’d add to my Christmas book collection.  Still free!
  • The Christmas Wedding Quilt: Let It Snow\You Better Watch Out\Nine Ladies Dancing by Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson, & Sarah Mayberry — I’ve had this one wishlisted for FOREVER, because I love collecting books by Ms. Mayberry.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.99 from its usual $5+, I snagged it!  Still on sale!
  • Well Hung (Big Rock #3) by Lauren Blakely — I’ve been collecting/wishlisting this author’s books recently, partly because she’ll be at Book Bonanza, and partly because she’s popular among bloggers I follow.  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $4.99, I one-clicked!  Still on sale!

Déjà Revu October 23rd, 2017

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Déjà Revu October 9th, 2017

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Top Ten Book Boy/Girl Crushes

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown. Darrow, dear god, this kid has got some fierce love and loyalty for Eo.
  2. Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame. I love nerdy romances.
  3. The Collectors Society‘ (The Collectors’ Society #1) by Heather Lyons. Finn is such a sweet yet deep soul. And I loves him.
  4. Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay. Lir is hawt!
  5. The Hard Count by Ginger Scott. Nico’s smarts are super attractive and his intensity is… well intense.
  6. The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan. I’ve re-read this series so many times! It’s one of my favorite series of all times. Ryn goes from enemy to lover in this one. In such a slow simmering way. ::swoon::
  7. Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan. I love Caden! He goes from friend to lover.
  8. Shacking Up by Helena Hunting. Bane is an exception to my usual resistance to adonis’ comparisons.
  9. Desire (Brightest Kind Of Darkness #4) by P.T. Michelle OMG Ethan! He is so sensual and sexy. ::fans self:: Seriously, everyone should read this series!
  10. Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid. Did I mention I love nerdy romances?

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

So we actually did a Top Ten Fictional Crushes in 2016, and I could have listed those all again and again.  But I kind of wanted to avoid repeats…so I’m pulling out some more recent favourite book boys, *and* adding a couple book girls for this one.  Basically I just searched the blog for “book boyfriend” and “girl crush”.  😛  (also, totally ditto Lir and Nico from Curly Carla’s list)

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    1. Tom from If Ever by Angie Stanton.  “Tom was RIDICULOUSLY swoon.  Like, added to my top book boyfriends list swoon.  Like, I had tummy tingles almost from their first interactions.  And he was more of a beta boy, and you know how I love me a beautiful beta boy!!  I loved that he was technically the celebrity, but he was really very down to earth, humble, and at times insecure.  If you couldn’t tell, I ADORED him.”
    2. Casey from In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott.  “Casey just may be the most surprising book boyfriend on my list, he won me over hook, line and sinker, even despite his flaws.”
    3. Esben from 180 Seconds by Jessica Park.  “I really expected a much different hero after reading the blurb and seeing social media star, and the glimpse we get before the experiment.  My preconceived notions were blown away.  He made me feel so many emotions all on his own, and he is totally my kind of book boyfriend material.  I want an Esben.”
    4. Aaron from Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae.  “And hoo boy, Aaron is MEGA book boyfriend.  Quiet, unassuming, a bit more nerdy?  DAMN.  I want him.  I do.  I want him.  And his dog, Charlie, too.  And his glasses.  GAH!”
    5. Killian from The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson.  “He’s not my typical book boyfriend, but I’m seriously in love.  What an odd, stoic, somewhat closed off, but capable of so much feeling guy….”
    6. Cooper from Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen.  “And then there was Cooper.  OMG, book boyfriend city man.  He was just so sweet and thoughtful, and dealing with his own set of struggles, and just trying to survive in a way.  I loved being in his head and reading about his thoughts.”
    7. Will from Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott.  “Will.  *sigh*  Just breathe him in folks, he’s divine.  I ADORED that he wasn’t an alpha.  He wasn’t a beta necessarily, but he definitely wasn’t an alpha male.  He was just this quiet, sensitive, melt me with his thoughts kind of guy.”
    8. Sawyer from A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind.  “I was hooked from the first Sawyer chapter.  He just has an internal dialogue that drew me like flies to sugar…moth to a flame…you know, one of those catchphrases.  And it wasn’t just his hilarious (and often horribly childish) sense of humour.  He was so vulnerable and broken and my heart just ached for him…”
    9. Sammy from Shoot the Gap by Jordan Ford.  “Sammy was the star for me.  I don’t have a lot in common with her, but I fell for her regardless.  I loved how strong she was in wanting to be who she was inside, regardless of the pressures she felt from family to be something else (more girly). … I really loved who she was and totally have a girl crush on her.  I don’t tend to get a lot of book girl crushes, so she’s in a bit of an elite club.”
    10. Sierra from Love & Music (formerly Finding the Dream) by Mia Josephs.  “I swooned all over Van (and now have a increased hankering for some ginger goodness), and I girl-crushed all over See. I’m starting to wonder if I have a thing for Sierra’s, b/c she is the 2nd Sierra that has me clamoring to be her friend.”
    11. BONUS GIRL CRUSH SHOUT OUT: My first two girl crushes ever were Hayley from Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend and Sierra from How to Seduce a Band Geek, both by Cassie Mae.  I won’t go into deetz, but if you like quirky girls, these two are amazeballs.

So who are your go to book boys and girls?  Who do you have crushes on?  Do you share the same love for some of our crushes?  If you think you’ll win in a fight with me, you might want to think again…I claim all of these.

ps – I was too lazy to link to our reviews for these books, but a good chunk of them are on the blog…search them out to hear more about these awesome books.

Stacking the Shelves — September 30th, 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Show Me by Abigail Strom from Montlake Romance — releases January 2nd, 2018.  An astronaut, a sheltered heroine, and do I smell an unexpected pregnancy?  YES!  Plus that cover alone had me requesting!
  • The Corner of Forever and Always (Everland, Georgia #2) by Lia Riley from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) — released September 26th, 2017.  This is all Lillian @Mom With a Reading Problem‘s fault.  I read her review, and she sold me.  Then I saw that this author will be attending Apollycon 2018 in Washington, D.C. next March, and I figured it was worth a shot trying to request.  SCORE!
  • Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon from Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept) — releases January 9th, 2018.  I’ve read the first book in this series (read the review for Eye Candy) and I have an ARC of the 2nd book that I’m overdue on, so now I can finish off the trilogy.

NetGalley ARC Widgets Offered (and Taken):

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  • Christmas in Kilts by Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, and May McGoldrick from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases October 31st, 2017.  I will admit, I don’t usually go for historical books…but who can resist men in kilts, am I right?  Plus, I need more books for my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge (yeah right).

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • Unloved by Katy Regnery — releases October 8th, 2017.  No preorder on Amazon (though it is on preorder on the other vendors, I’m just too lazy to post links).

Newsletter Freebies:

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  • Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies #1) by Kendall Ryan — I seem to be a newsletter subscriber of Staci Hart (I’m assuming because of some giveaway, I don’t question), and this was a book that was being offered for free for her newsletter subscribers (which will likely sign me up for Ms. Ryan’s newsletter now).  I noticed that this author will be attending both Apollycon 2018 and Book Bonanza, so I figured why not give her a shot with a free book?  Although in preparing this post, I just noticed that this book is also free on Amazon, so I could have just got it there.  In fact, maybe I will do that…then when I review it, it will actually be a verified purchase.  Excuse me while I talk to myself.  😛

Gifted/Won It:

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  • Butterfly Tattoo: Ultimate Edition by Deidre Knight — Birthday Present from my partner in crime, Curly Carla!!  For the life of me, I can’t remember how I came across this one, but I know it was recommended!
  • Rather Be (Songbird #10) by Melissa Pearl — I won this book during Ms. Pearl’s Songbird Read-a-thon this summer!!  Which is fantastic, b/c I had the privilege of beta reading this one, so I’m so happy I can now put it on my shelf and pet it!

Signed Paperbacks:

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  • A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott — I was able to meet Ms. Scott at Romancing the Falls in May this year, and I collected a large stack of her books signed (and no, they’re not on any Stacking the Shelves, b/c I kept putting it off, and now it seems silly).  Unfortunately this second book in the duo wasn’t out yet, so when Ms. Scott put up signed copies for sale on her website, you can bet I took advantage.  I can’t have the first and not the second!

Book Outlet:

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  • First & Then by Emma Mills — I think Deanna @A Novel Glimpse keeps pimping this author, so I snagged it.
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1), The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) and Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson — I’ve read The Girl of Fire and Thorns and really enjoyed it, but have yet to finish the series.  So I grabbed these two on the cheap, and thought I’d snag the first in another of Ms. Carson’s series for cheap too.
  • Forget Me Always (Lovely Vicious #2) by Sara Wolf — I LOVE this series, and already snagged the first book from Book Outlet, so I was stoked to find this one there as well.
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen — I’ve read 2 YA’s by Ms. Dessen and loved them both, so figured why not grab another on the cheap?
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend and On the Fence by Kasie West — I haven’t read any of Ms. West’s books, but they come highly recommended.
  • Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik — I read my first book by Ms. LaZebnik this year and really enjoyed it, so figured I’d grab another.
  • Appealed (The Legal Briefs #3) by Emma Chase — I’ve only read the second book in this series, but I LOVED it.  So I snagged this one too, to either get signed at the Big Apple Author Event in October, or Apollycon in March.
  • Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (Harry Potter #1-7) by J.K. Rowling — This is all the fault of an Instagram Challenge I was participating in.  The theme one day was your HP collections, and I realized I only have one set…and I’ve always wanted this rainbow set.  And then I saw it on Book Outlet, and it was all over from there.

Got the Paperback:

(I got all of these in anticipation of the Big Apple Author Event October 2017, Apollycon March 2018, or Book Bonanza July 2018)

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  • Him (Him #1), Us (Him #2), Good Boy (WAGs #1), and Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy — I love all of these books, and while yes, I could have preordered them from Ms. Bowen for BAAE, they would have come with signed book plates from Ms. Kennedy.  But since I’m hoping to meet Ms. Kennedy at Apollycon, I kind of wanted to get her autograph then.
  • Them (Him & Her #3) by Carey Heywood — Something went wrong in my pre-order for BAAE, and this book got missed…so guess I’m bringing it with me!
  • Royally Matched (Royally #2) and Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase — I still haven’t read this series, but I took a leap of faith.  Now to decide whether I drag these to BAAE, or wait to read them first and bring them to Apollycon.
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover — When the paperback is temporarily cheaper than the Kindle version, I go for it…and maybe if I love it, I’ll bring it to Book Bonanza with me.

Got It On Sale:

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  • Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen — I love this author, and so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $5.99, I one-clicked!  Still on sale!  And bonus, I get to meet her again at Apollycon!
  • Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows #1) by Staci Hart — This author will be attending the Big Apple Author Event in October, and so when I saw her mention in the BAAE Facebook Group that this book was on sale for free (and the next two books were 99 cents to celebrate her upcoming release of the 3rd book), I figured I’d take a chance.  I just finished it and unfortunately it wasn’t quite my cup of tea (see my review here).  Still free (usually $2.99 I think).

Déjà Revu September 25th, 2017

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.
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Boho Book Club:

Reading Challenge:

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Contemporary

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Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

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Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

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Mystery

Non-Fiction

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Stacking the Shelves — September 23rd, 2017

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(Images link to Goodreads, Titles link to Amazon using Amazon Affiliate links)

Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

Got It On Sale:

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Lenoreo’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Cover Up (Skin Deep Inc. #3) by L.A. Witt from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases October 3rd, 2017.  I’ve read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them (read the reviews for Back Piece and Pounding Skin), and I really wanted to find out what happened with Nate and Lucas.
  • The Jingle Bell Bride (Christmas Brides #2) by Scarlet Wilson from Tule Publishing — releases October 3rd, 2017.
  • Deck the Halls (Darling, VT) by Donna Alward from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases October 3rd, 2017.
  • Take the Lead (Dance Off #1) by Alexis Daria from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) — releases October 3rd, 2017.   Dancing and diversity?  SCORE!
  • Always You (Bachelor Brotherhood #3) by Denise Grover Swank from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) — releases November 28th, 2017.  I’ve read the first book in this series (read the review for Only You) and I have an ARC of the 2nd book that I’m overdue on, so now I can finish off the trilogy.

ARCs from Authors/PR Companies:

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  • The Princess and the Pizza Man (Destined For Love: Mansions) by Cassie Mae — releases October 3rd, 2017.  I’ve already preordered this one as well, but read it early?  Yes please!  Course if you look up, I now have like 5 books releasing on October 3rd…woops.

New Releases:

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  • Fix Me Not (The Fix #2) by Carey Heywood — released September 21st, 2017.  I read and LOVED book one in this series (read my review for Fix Her Up), and I NEEDED to read Asher’s story!!  Very excited.
  • Curveball (Barlow Sisters #1) by Jordan Ford — released September 22nd, 2017.  I’ve beta read this beauty!!  I actually just finished beta reading the final book in the trilogy, and the series is fantastic!  If you like a bit of suspense/mystery/action with your YA books, this series is great for that!  I’ll get a review written at some point, I’m just so behind on everything…

Newsletter Freebies:

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  • Bite the Hand That Bleeds (Mission #0.5) by Megan Erickson — I recently read the first book in this series (read the review for Blood Guard), and so when I saw this short story offered in Ms. Erickson’s newsletter, I said SCORE!  Title goes to the Instafreebie link.

Purchased:

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  • Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland — So both of these authors are going to be attending the Big Apple Author Event in October, and I’d heard great things about their co-written books, so I decided to try a sample of this book.  And I was sucked right in, so I bought the book.  LOVED it, read my review here.
  • Bossman by Vi Keeland — Samesies for this one, got the sample, sucked in, bought it, finished it, loved it, read my review here.

Got It On Sale:

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  • Adapted for Film (Reel Romance #1) by Stacey Rourke — Curly Carla LOVED this book (read her review here), so I put it on my wishlist.  And earlier in September I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for free from its usual $2.99, so I snatched it up!  No longer on sale.
  • The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis — It’s time for Christmas books!!  Especially since I joined The 12 Books of Christmas Challenge.  A lot of reviewers I follow enjoyed this little novella from last Christmas, so when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for $1.99 from its usual $4.99, I one-clicked!  No longer on sale.
  • The Negotiator (Harbor City #1) by Avery Flynn — I feel like I saw this one on The Rock Stars of Romance newsletter at one point and was intrigued, so it went on a wishlist (especially since this author is going to be attending Apollycon 2018 in Washington, D.C. next March).  So when I got an eReaderIQ alert that this book was on sale for 99 cents from its usual $3.99, I one-clicked!  No longer on sale.
  • His Christmas Miracle (Love in Montana #5) by Dani Collins — MOAR CHRISTMAS BOOKS!  Saw this one on BookBub for free from its usual $3.99, still on sale!
  • The next few books are part of a sale that Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) is holding on a lot of their novels (most on sale for 99 cents).  I initially got eReaderIQ alerts for a few of these books, and then I noticed it advertised on a few of my author event groups.  You can find the list of individual books here.  But there are some box sets on sale too (99 cents multiplied by the number of books in the set), so you can also just go to this list of books on Amazon with Swerve as the publisher, ordered by price.  Sale ends on the 25th.
    • One True Pairing (Fandom Hearts #2) by Cathy Yardley — I read a NetGalley ARC and loved it (see my review here), so wanted the final copy.
    • Elliott Redeemed (Preload #2) by Scarlett Cole — I got a NetGalley ARC of this one, but haven’t gotten to it yet.  But since I loved the first book in this series (see my review for Jordan Reclaimed), I took a wild stab that I will love this one too.
    • Shacking Up by Helena Hunting — Curly Carla loved this one too (see her review here), and she made it sound like something I would love too.  This author is also attending all the author events I’m attending over the next year, so if I love it, I’ll have plenty of opportunities to get a signed copy.
    • Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series (Second Circle Tattoos #1-4) by Scarlett Cole — I’ve read the first and the last book of this series through NetGalley (see my review for The Strongest Steel and The Darkest Link) and really enjoyed them, and I’m a series completer.  I also love collecting box sets and clearing up clutter on my Kindle.
    • All the Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) and The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard — Both of these books have been recommended by fellow bloggers I follow, and the second one at least has some diversity, so always a good thing to add to my TBR!
    • Off Beat: Body Rocks, Steady Stroke, Hot Licks (Off Beat #1-3) by A.M. Arthur — I’ve read the last two books in this series through NetGalley (see my review for Steady Stroke and Hot Licks) and really enjoyed them, so yet again: yay for box sets and series completions!