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Saturday, October 1, 2016

ARC Review: Silver by K.A. Linde


Silver is the fifth book in the All That Glitters series by K.A. Linde, but it can easily be read as a standalone story. With the characters interconnected, you do get a lot of their backstory and to see the growth for each of them if these are read in order, but it isn't necessary to enjoy Silver. Silver is Stacia's story, and I couldn't wait to read it. I love K.A. Linde's writing, and Silver was everything that I expected it to be and more.

Stacia's only goal for life was to be an NFL quarterback's wife. Over the past three years of college, Stacia with the help of her friends worked her way into setting herself up to get the perfect life. But just as all her dreams are set to come true, Stacia has a shocking revelation that changes everything and sends her back to the last place she expected. Once back in Vegas, Stacia quickly realizes that nothing is as she expected it to be. When she comes face to face with Pace Larson, her on-again-off-again boyfriend, she finds out that he has just been made starting quarterback for their college team. But while Pace is determined to take a chance after finding out that Stacia is once again single, Stacia isn't sure that she can trust Pace not to break her heart again after losing her trust.

I will admit that I struggled a bit with these characters. I liked them, but it was their choices and actions that I had some problems with. I had a hard time understanding why they did certain things, and I am positive that had these two had better communication that so much could have been different. The one thing that I will say though is that I absolutely loved the chemistry between Stacia and Pace, and it was clear that they genuinely had feelings for one another. They went about things wrong, but I still never stopped hoping that they could find a way back to one another. 

Overall, I did really enjoy this story and if you are familiar with K.A. Linde's writing then you know what you are in for with any book by her. There was drama and angst, yet it was balanced with humor, emotion and plenty of steam to keep the reader invested from start to finish. I really enjoyed seeing the progress that these characters made, and I loved the growth that they each showed. They had come so far over the course of this series, and it was great to see both Pace and Stacia really come into their own and make the changes that they needed to. Silver was another great story from K.A. Linde, and I already can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Guest Post with Author Linda Broday and Giveaway


At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She now resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado.

Friday, September 30, 2016

ARC Review: Loving Amber by Roya Carmen


Loving Amber is the first book that I have ever read from Roya Carmen, so I went into this one not really knowing what to expect. I loved the sound of the book though, so I knew I had to take a chance on this one. While there were things that I liked here, I also struggled with some things as well. Loving Amber is the first book in the Riverstone Estate Series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Amber grew up wanting to be nothing more than a part of her brothers' group of friends. But while she loved hanging out with most of the guys, Aiden constantly bullied her. While Aiden was a bully, she grew closer to Paul, going on to one day marry him and have their son Trevor. But when a tragedy steals not only Paul, but also her twin brother, Amber continues to go on for her son alone. Two years after losing them, Amber is finally ready to move forward with her life but just as she is about to start dating her safe friend Dave, Aiden returns to her life and changes everything once again. But can she risk her heart with Aiden or is it best to play it safe?

I will admit that I struggled a bit with the characters here. I didn't feel that connected to Amber and while I liked Aiden, I didn't fully understand his character. It was hard for me to reconcile their past versions with the present, and I didn't always understand their actions or choices. Aiden had bullied Amber as a kid, but it was easy to see that he had feelings for her. What I didn't quite get was why he hadn't said anything as they got a bit older. I understand later after she had married Paul, but before that it didn't make sense why he never said anything and continued to treat her the way he did. I also had a hard time really seeing their connection come through. I think that it was hard to believe some of their connection because the characters just seemed like completely different versions of themselves, so I just couldn't quite believe that things had changed so much when I really didn't see it ever happen. They had chemistry and I wanted them to be together, but I wish we had seen more of a connection actually form between them than we did here. There were just too many things that they each did that kind of hurt that for me. 

I also have to admit that a big problem here for me was something that came out later in the story, and while I kind of expected it to happen (it is a common plot twist in this kind of story unfortunately), I was upset that the author went there. I won't say what it is so as not to spoil the story, but it just felt cliché and unnecessary. It didn't really make sense to go there with the story for me, and felt like the author had done it strictly for the drama of it and to encourage the reader to feel a certain way about the characters. While there were still a lot of things I liked about the story, I wish that it hadn't gone where it did and that hurt how much I enjoyed the story. There was so much potential here, but overall this one was just okay for me when it felt like it could have been great. If it sounds like something you might like, I still encourage you to give it a shot. Just because it wasn't perfect for me won't mean that it won't be for you.

**ARC Provided by TRSOR Promotions**

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Feature and Giveaway: Wilder by Rebecca Yarros



He’s Paxton Wilder.Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

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Feature and Giveaway: Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles



The fifth and final novel in Olivia Miles contemporary romance Briar Creek series!

The mistletoe is out, and the gloves are off . . .

'Tis the worst season to be single, but Kara Hastings won't let a little Christmas funk spoil the festive season. Sure, running her own bakery is a little harder than she expected, but she can handle it. And she'll prove it to a certain infuriatingly handsome, bossy Big City guy. She may be sugar and spice, but she can kick his butt twice.

Nate Griffin is in Briar Creek only for the holidays, and he refuses to fall for the whole "small town, candy cane-scented Christmas Wonderland" thing. He's more interested in the fresh-faced cookie chef who always knows exactly how to get under his skin. So when Nate challenges Kara in the town's big holiday contest, it's not just the competition that starts to heat up. If he's not careful, Kara won't just melt his icy resolve against a small-town Christmas . . . she'll melt his heart too.

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