22 July 2014


Title: Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 304 pages (June 10th 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Welcome to BOOMERANG, the hottest startup in the coolest city: Los Angeles, CA. Why? Because it’s about no-strings, no-fuss relationships for those on the rebound and those who crave connection without all the baggage of long-term promises. While it’s THE dating site for the millennial gen, their offices are even steamier than the hook-ups the website produces.

But that buzz is fading as Boomerang struggles to grow, the solution? Find two brilliant interns and give them a crack at turning this ship back to shore.

Enter MIA GALLIANO and ETHAN VANCE. These young strangers—Mia an aspiring filmmaker, and Ethan at the end of a collegiate sports career—are both bright and motivated. And for very different reasons, although they’re both hungry and way up for the challenge.

But things go wrong from day one. For one thing, Ethan and Mia aren’t strangers. The night before their stint at Boomerang begins, Ethan and Mia meet at a bar and fall into bed together. Or so they think. They’re both hazy on the details. They just know it’s aaaawkward when they share a post hookup taxi…to the same place.

Will the competition get to them, or do they have a future together?

Review: 4 Stars - Boomerang is the first title in a New Adult trilogy from author Noelle August – otherwise known as Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Like stories filled with good old fashioned competition between two characters up for the same job… who try not to let their growing attraction get in the way? Then you’ve found the perfect book!

I have to say that this is one of those books that I picked up to read at the perfect time. I was looking for something fun, easy to read and light hearted. And while there’s more to the story for each of the characters we meet, it was just what I needed.

Mia the female lead character and her quirky family and friends were entertaining and heartwarming. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t about to let anything get in her way. Her mom is a famous artist and photographer and Mia wants to make a name for herself on her own, without her moms influence. When she lands the internship at Boomerang she knows her hard works paid off.

One of the great things about Mia is she’s so close to her family, their wackiness and all. Her grandmother means the world to her and it’s shown time and time again during Mia’s story. This was one of the great things about this title. It was a secondary plotline but became important to me while reading.

And then we have Ethan… oh Ethan. He’s the male lead and since this book is written in dual POV we have a chance to spend a lot of time in his head. Which was great because this guy has A LOT that’s going on in his life. He keeps his cards held close and is also after a permanent job at Boomerang once his internship is completed. He’s also close to his family and the back story from his life was sweet and enlightening to who he is at this stage of his life.

The thing about this title is that it’s a quick read because it’s well written. It does have a couple of heavy moments but it’s nothing too much that weighs things down and makes this title harder to read. It just adds another layer to these characters as they navigate their post college lives.

Watching these two fight their attraction due to company rules, all while being asked to try out the companies dating site were both cringe worthy and a bit comical. I couldn’t read these scenes while at the same time I could see a train wreck coming from a mile away.

This is one of those books that’ll have you smiling while reading and loving the characters as they fumble to come to terms with the competition for the “perfect” job and dealing with all the usual fresh out of college hurdles people find themselves in.

The only thing that put me off was the idea of this website. It’s really creepy… I mean it’s there for no commitment hookups, hence the name Boomerang. I’m an adult and I get that one night stands happen every day, maybe I’m a prude but… I’d think that people would end up having more “dates” like the few that happened within Mia and Ethan’s story or worse.

In the end this one came at the perfect time for me. I really liked reading this title and I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy! If readers are looking for something fun and quick with two great characters, then look no further! It is a “New Adult” contemporary title and does include language, drinking and sex so younger readers should consider this.  I HIGHLY recommend this title! Go forth and read!








About the Authors:
NOELLE AUGUST is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it's a pen name!

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate -- but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel. Lorin had never been to Israel. While teacher/parent night put an end to her first experiments in fiction, she’d already caught the bug and eventually made a career of all things story. As a long-time independent editor and story development guru, Lorin's client successes range from small press publications to major bestselling novels. She's an award-winning author and has also worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter on a variety of projects. Her work has received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing mentions in The New York Times. Oh, she did get to see a kibbutz, eventually, and found out she had it pretty much right all along.

Veronica and Lorin met at a writing workshop and just knew they were destined to create awesome things together.

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21 July 2014


Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the UK. So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

The winner of book wars for Cry Wolf By: Patricia Briggs is.... the US COVER!!! 

Also, the winner of the giveaway we held with the Cry Wolf Book Wars has been notified. 

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK

Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent, #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: US - Katherine Tegen Books, 525 Pages (May 1st 2012), UK - HarperCollins Children's Books, 525 Pages (May 1st 2012)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version, Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.


About the author:

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)
Find Veronica Online:

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Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa  This is a HUGE, MEGA, FAVORITE trilogy of mine... and I LOVED this book. I'll totally admit that I haven't read the last one because I'm dreading what I think happens. But I love these covers. They are amazing in person and I love seeing them on my shelves. Well, the US ones on my shelves. I have seen the UK covers in person at book shops but I'm still partial to the US covers. There's just something so incredible about them. I see something new on the US covers just about every time I look at them. Love tree too!

So this week my vote goes to the US cover! Check out my review for: Divergent
Michelle This is an easy choice for me this week. While I do love the USA cover, the scenic view of the city and ho the symbol represents the factions, I have to go with the home side this week, UK.
I love the colouring of this book and in real life the leaves look fantastic on the cover. I love the sky in the background, but also how it is just the silhouette of a person standing alone.

check out my review and see what I thought  here

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19 July 2014


Title: A Beautiful Thought (Beautiful #5)
Author: Alicia Rae
Publisher: (July 14th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate—with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.

Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can.

Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love?

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About the Author: 

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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18 July 2014

How about a cover reveal? YES!

Today I'm lucky to help share the cover for Letting Go By: Molly McAdams

Take a look, see what you think of two characters we'll have a chance to meet later this year!!

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Letting Go
By: Molly McAdams
Publisher: Harper (November 4th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain ... the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.

While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.

Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

 


Title: Whiskey Prince (Taking Risks #1)
Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: 255 Pages (July 12th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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