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Friday, October 30, 2015

October Book Subscription Box Unpacking

Another month of great books and swag from my boxes, and I was really excited about the books I received. I enjoy getting these boxes and talking about them with friends and family. I really love the book community and have made some great friends because of the books, authors and boxes that I have been introduced to. I also really love that I can give back a little by purchasing a Bookworm Box, knowing that all their profits go to charities that really can put the money to good use.
The Bookworm Box was started by author Colleen Hoover, and was created with the purpose of spreading good and donating to charity. Each month a different charity is selected, and 100% of the profits from the box after overhead costs goes to that month's charity. Though the Bookworm Box has gone through a few changes since it started earlier this year, it is now available as a subscription service that renews each month. Once you sign up, you are billed on the 25th of each month for the following month's box. Each box features 2 signed paperbacks and swag. Though they do have some featured authors listed on their website, the books in each month's box are always a surprise, and there are a variety of boxes each month. So while you might get the same box as some others, you will not get the same box as every subscriber. The boxes are $39.99 a month plus shipping costs. Because they have a limited number of boxes available, new subscribers will have to wait for current subscribers to cancel their subscriptions or until the Bookworm Box opens up new spots. To get more information on when spots are available, make sure to follow their Facebook page as that is where they announce when new spots will be opened. 

October Bookworm Box 

The Bookworm Box that I received in October contained a signed copy of Pucked by Helena Hunting and a signed copy of Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid. Swag received this month was a Bookworm Box sleeve of gum, Bookworm Box bookmark, Bookworm Box pen, Chelle Bliss Bookmark, Jennifer L. Armentrout Bookmark, Kelly Elliott Bookmark, Nancee Cain Bookmark, Joann I. Martin Sowles Bookmark, Kim Carmichael Bookmark, Signed JA Hensley Bookmark, Signed Tia Louise Postcard, Two Kim Carmichael Romance Trading Cards, My Mind's Playground Business Card, Sidonia Rose Swag Pack with a Business Card and Button, and some Halloween Candy. 

Pucked by Helena Hunting 

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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I have heard so many things about Helena Hunting and Pucked, that I was really excited to get this book in my box. I am a huge hockey fan, so this one is right up my alley. Though I haven't read Helena Hunting before, Pucked is said to be absolutely hilarious and is one of those books that I have been meaning to read since it came out. Now that I received this book, I feel the need to move this one up on my TBR list and I am really looking forward to giving this one a shot. Pucked is the first book in the Pucked series from Helena Hunting, and the second book Pucked Up was recently released. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but I am told that these are best read in order. 

Elements of Chemistry

One week. 
Private beach. 
Invisible girl. 
Jerk-faced bully. 
What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.

Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good? 

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I am already a fan of Penny Reid, but I haven't yet read Elements of Chemistry so this was another one that I was really excited to get in my box. Penny Reid has a great writing style that is really easy to get into, and she is wicked funny. If you are looking for a romance with a ton of witty banter and humor, you have got to give Penny Reid a shot! Elements of Chemistry is actually 3 separate parts that make up one book. It contains Part 1: Attraction, Part 2: Heat and Part 3: Capture. There are said to be more books coming in the Hypothesis Series at a later date.  
The Book Candy Box is a subscription box service that offers a few different options as far as which box you would like to purchase. These boxes are secured on a month by month basis, so you need to purchase one each month as it does not auto-renew. Prices vary per box selected. The Book Candy Box store is open from the 1st day of the month until the 15th day of the month for boxes shipping the next month. (IE: To purchase a November Box, you need to order between October 1st-15th.) The contents of your box will vary, depending on which box you select. The options are as follows: Option 1: One Signed Book. This box is $12.00 plus shipping. Option 2: 1 Signed Book, Swag, and a Signed Model Photo for that month's featured model. This box is $20.00 plus shipping. Option 3: 2 Signed Books and Swag for $22.00 plus shipping. Option 4: 2 Signed Books, Swag, and Signed Model Photo for $30.00 plus shipping. Though you know what items you will be getting, the titles and authors are a surprise each month. The only thing that is not a secret, is who the model featured each month is as they announce that on their facebook page. The one thing that you should be aware of though is that while each book is signed, sometimes it is a sticker or label (bookplate) rather than a signature on the page itself. The great thing about The Book Candy Box is that because they are open for a limited amount of days and order books based on signups, they do not run out of boxes and they are available to customers throughout the entire sales period. There is no waiting for spots to open up or for others to cancel. As long as you order between the 1st and 15th, you are guaranteed a box.

October Book Candy Box 

The Book Candy Box that I received in October included a signed Contrite by Kathy Coopmans (this one had a bookplate), a signed Unavoidable Chance by Annalisa Nicole (this one had a bookplate) and a signed Educate Me by Lexi Buchanan. I was lucky enough to receive one of twenty boxes that had Educate Me included as a surprise bonus. Swag in this months box was a Postcard for the Books Are Bigger In Texas Author Event, Bookmark for the RT Readers & Writers Roundup, Signed Skye Turner Bookmark, Annalisa Nicole Bookmark, JM Witt Postcard, KA Hunter/Kimi Flores Postcard, and a Nicole Edwards Compact Mirror. 

Contrite by Kathy Coopmans 

What happens when the man you’re married to isn’t the man you married anymore? Clove Calloway knows within an hour of picking up her husband Turner from the airport that something is different. Yet she can't pin point what. Together since College, they know everything about each other. So why has she spent the last few days watching everything he does, hoping for a clue? What could have happened within that week he was gone?

One way or another she's going to find out. 
When Clove invests in the help of her brother Zack, a police detective, she’s afraid her suspicions of infidelity will be confirmed. Terrified that such news will crush her heart, she sets about preparing for the worst.

Only to find it's much more than she could have imagined—there is no other woman.

Clove’s life is about to descend into a web of deceit, lies and betrayal.

Appearances can be deceiving… and only the Master Manipulator will be left standing.

“The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri Bergson 

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Contrite is one of those books that I have heard of and have been wanting to read, but just haven't got around to for whatever reason. I think part of the reason that I haven't read it yet is because I was waiting for the sequel to come out since I knew it was the first in a duet. I have to admit that I originally wanted to read this one because I loved the cover. The black and white picture with the bold color for the title just drew me in and really grabbed my attention. This is another one of those books that I am actually really excited to read and has been bumped up on my TBR list now that I have a signed copy. Contrite is the first in the duet, with the second book in the duet being Reprisal. 

Unavoidable Chance by Annalisa Nicole 

Ava Wellington is a busy, prestigious Seattle lawyer with her sights firmly set on her goals. She’s precise and calculated to a fault and doesn’t have time in her career for relationships, especially with a man like Jax. Neither he nor what comes with him were ever part of her plan. 

Jaxon Landry is ex-military, turned chef of his own thriving restaurant and the best single dad he knows how to be. He lives and breathes for the happiness of his two little girls. For the past two years he’s lived in a dreary world of regret, loss, and disappointment. That is until he meets Ava. He never thought he’d see color again in his dreams, much less in a woman. 

Can Jax show Ava that she is more than checklists and goals? 

Can Ava keep her promise even when she’s handed the golden opportunity to her ultimate goal. Will she risk love over her career? 

Family is a feeling, not a definition. There are no words for it. It’s a feeling in your gut, in your heart, and in your soul. 

There’s nothing you can do to stop true love, it’s unavoidable. 

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Unavoidable Chance and Annalisa Nicole are both completely new to me and I didn't know anything about this series or author before receiving my box. That is one of the main reasons that I get these boxes besides the fact that I love getting goodies in the mail, but to discover books and authors that I might never have otherwise. After reading the blurb for this book I am actually really excited to read it! It sounds so good and I love a military hero! Not only does the story sound good, but the covers are absolutely gorgeous! Unavoidable Chance is the fifth book in the Running Into Love series, but each book appears to be a standalone story. 

Educate Me by Lexi Buchanan 

Bianca is a new, 24 year old teacher at the local high school who can't stop thinking about one of her pupils, 18 year old Mason. 

Bianca soon discovers that Mason wants his hands on her just as badly.

How can they have a relationship when everything is against them? 

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | iTunes | 

Lexi Buchanan and her novella Educate Me are another completely new one to me. I didn't know anything about the story or author, but this one sounds like it is hot! I have to admit that forbidden romance stories are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, so this teacher/student romance really intrigues me. It is short and said to have explicit content, so I am expecting this one to be super steamy and I couldn't be more excited to read it.

Tell us what you think about the monthly book box craze. Are you currently subscribed to any? Are there any that you are 'dying' to subscribe to? Leave us a not about what you think. =)