Waiting on Wednesday #6: A Wicked Thing

waiting“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

a wicked thingA Wicked Thing

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Publisher: Harper Teen

Expected Publication: February 24th 2015

Synopsis(from Goodreads):

Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining ofSleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

Why am I waiting for it?

I love re-tellings and this is the first Sleeping Beauty re-telling I’ve come across. I’m really excited to read this. Hopefully it’ll be good.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Leave a comment.

Top Ten Tuesday #7: Authors I’ve Only Read One Book of, But Need To Read More

images (2)Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is top ten authors I’ve only read once, but need to read more of. So here goes:

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1. Sarah Castille- I absolutely loved her book Barely Undercover. It was hot, it was sexy, the characters were great and the story was well fleshed out. I absolutely loved it.

2. Rebecca Zanetti- Another author I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved her book Forgotten Sins. Looking forward to more of her work.

3. Kylie Scott- On a recommendation, I read Lick. It was pretty great. I loved the way Scott writes and I’ll be reading more of her book soon.

4. Abby Niles- I got a copy of Winning Love for review and I completely fell in love with how Niles writes. Her characters are realistic, and they know how to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

5. Jennifer Probst- Again I read The Marriage Bargain on a friend’s recommendation and totally loved it. It was fun, sweet, sext, magical all rolled into one.

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6. Kate Evangelista- I admit I wanted to read Til Death for it’s beautiful cover, but once i started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The world builiding was done so beautifully, she sucks you into it. I’m eager to read more of her books.

7. Gena ShowalterAlice in Zombieland was a treat. It was such an interesting and one of the most well done re-tellings of Alice in Wonderland. I fell in love with Showalter’s writing after reading it, but I still need to read more of her stuff.

8. Addison FoxBaby It’s Cold Outside was such  delightful read. I laughed so many times throughout the book. I had a smile on my face for the whole 4-6 hours I spent on this book.

9. Thea Harrison- After a lot of shoving, I mean recommending from my friend, I finally read Dragon Bound and I loved it. But I never continued the series, because there were always new books I wanted to read. Next time I have an extended amount of free time, I’m definitely diving into it with a vengeance.

10. Jill ShalvisSimply Irresistible was recommended to me so many times that after the 4th or 5th time I finally decided to read it. And boy did I love it! I was another one of those feel happy kind of books. Fun and delightful.

So who are the authors who impressed you, but whose books you were unable to read more of? Leave a comment.

Review: Double Jeopardy by Linda Wisdom

double jeopardy I got a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange of an honest review

Linda Wisdom is a new author to me and I’m really happy to say that I had a great time reading Double Jeopardy. It was intriguing, not very predictable and the characters were great too. They had the ability to laugh in the face of troubles, which not many people are capable of.

Assistant District Attorney Josh Brandon is a champion for women’s rights. He has helped numerous women get out of abusive relationships and violence. He is also a very good lawyer who knows his job and the best way to do it. He also has a stalker. For months now Josh is being stalked by a woman whose only tell-tale mark is her perfume, Obsession. Pretty fitting isn’t it? A woman obsessed with Josh wearing a perfume called Obsession. This stalker woman could moonlight as a cleaning lady every now and then, since she washes his dishes, does his laundry and even cleans his house. She even cooks for him. That’s only if she is in a good mood. Now you piss her off and she’ll shred your clothes, break your things and destroy your house. She also makes sure to run away every woman Josh dates. It’s been months and the stalker has been escalating each day, and there are no clues as to her identity.

Lauren Hunter is new in town. She is the new Medical Examiner. After a very scandalous divorce from her detective ex-husband, Lauren has sworn off men. But when she meets Josh, sparks fly. Josh takes notice of Lauren and so does his stalker. After a painful past, Lauren doesn’t need the baggage Josh brings into their relationship, but he is like a balm to her soul. Josh is just what the doctor ordered and what Lauren needs. But then the attacks begin. These attacks were supposed to deter Lauren from pursuing Josh, but she won’t give in. Lauren knows what it’s like to live in constant fear. And she also learned how to overcome that fear. She won’t let a an insane woman stop her from going after something meaningful. Lauren was also a  really intelligent and self-confident woman. She let nothing stop her from doing her job. Be it cranky assistants, mouthy receptionists or arrogant cops who thought they knew everything.

I loved the chemistry between Lauren and Josh. Initially they were tip-toeing around each other, but soon all bets were off. Their banter was fun and flirty, their chemistry was hot and they even managed to be really good friends in addition to lovers. Another character I loved was Lauren’s best friend Dana. She was competent, spoke her mind and unafraid, not to mention highly intelligent. The one thing I noticed in this book was that all the characters were very competent and really good at their job, be it Josh, Lauren, Dana, Kevin or the stalker.

Initially I did suspect one woman of being the stalker because I thought she was being too clingy, but the author did a good job of throwing your suspicions off. There were other characters you end up suspecting because of their actions, even though reason and logic say otherwise. The author does mange to keep you on your toes and keep you guessing. Though I was happy to find out that my first guess was right.

A great romantic suspense novel. I’ll be looking forward to more of Linda Wisdom’s works.

3.5/5 stars

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

RA Blog TourWelcome to the blog tour and giveaway of Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh. I am really excited to be part of this blog tour because I am a big fan of Nalini Singh. Read on for an excerpt and some teasers.

rock addictionRELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014

 Blurb

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

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excerptROCK ADDICTION by Nalini Singh

Fox hadn’t become the lead singer of one of the best-selling rock bands in history by being a shrinking violet. No, he went after what he wanted, no holds barred. And the raw promise he could feel between him and Molly? He had to know where it would lead, the need so strong he hadn’t felt anything like it since the day he’d figured out that music was his escape, the air in his lungs.

Which was why he was leaning against the wall beside Molly’s apartment at five that afternoon, a guitar by his side.

The elevator doors opened at a quarter after the hour, Molly going motionless two steps outside of it, the doors closing silently at her back. Yeah, she hadn’t expected him, but Fox was ready to work with that. Waiting patiently as she took a deep breath and completed the trek down the corridor, he drew in the scent of her, his gaze lingering on the fluttering pulse in her neck.

“How did you get past security?”

Fox smiled slowly at the blurted-out question, wondering if Molly knew how bad she was at hiding her emotions. He liked it, liked that he saw the real Molly, not an illusion she’d created to tempt him—not that she had to do anything but smile to tempt him. “I told you the security sucks.”

Unable to resist, he reached out to run his finger down one creamy cheek flushed with a mix of surprise, passion, and, he was certain, sweet, hot feminine anger. His guess was borne out when Molly unlocked her door with jittery hands and put down her handbag on one corner of the bench, her fingers trembling before she curled them into her palms. “You’re breaking the rules.”

“What rules?” Closing the door, he leaned back on it and willed her to face him. Much as he loved the shape of her from the back, he liked watching those expressive eyes whisper her mood to him.

Shoulders tight, she turned. “This was supposed to be a one-night stand.”

“Ah.” Folding his arms over the plain black of his T-shirt, he said, “How about a one-month stand instead?” He knew he had to play this exactly right. Molly was wary of him, and yeah, he could understand why. To have her in his life beyond a fleeting instant, he’d have to win her trust.

She jerked up her head. “What?”

“Why not? I like you. You like me.” He smiled—because the reason Molly had needed to jerk up her head was that she’d been staring at his chest. “Admit it.”

Sitting down on the bench, she began to unzip her boots, very obviously not looking at him. “You’re okay for a rock star.”

He wanted to bite her, then pet her until she was limp and languid in his arms. “We burn up together.” Deliberately modulating his voice—his instrument—for maximum effect, low and bedroom rough, he saw her fingers stutter on the zipper. “I’m here for a month. It’s an easy equation.”

When the words “Let me think about it” fell from her mouth, he thought she might’ve been as startled as he was, her lips parting on a slight gasp—as if to call back the declaration.

 **first seen at The Rock Stars of Romance**

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Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

David & Thea’s Story

Blurb

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Pre-order on Amazon, iTunes & Kobo

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about the author

nalini bio NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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Book Blitz: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor.
Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth
fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

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An Excerpt from Take Me On

from West’s Point of View
For Katie, this is the heart of the book.)

I’m used to people talking, saying words aloud to prove they know more than me, that they’re better than me. But they’re just words. Syllables strung together between breaths to fill uncomfortable silences.

Meaningless words.

Haley, on the other hand, speaks volumes with a touch. The way her hand clutches mine, it rips out my heart and tosses it onto a platter.

This moment, it’s too raw. It’s too real. And the instinct is to snatch my hand back and slam the door shut on the sharing, but the other part of me—the part that feels as if my remaining sanity is a gift on the verge of being returned—it clings to her.

I knot my fingers with Haley’s and turn my head so I’m focusing out the driver’s side window—away from her. If I look at Haley, I’m terrified of what I might say, what I might feel. And fuck me, I’ve already said too much.

If she understands this, being without a home, will she understand the rejection? Will she understand the devastation that everything you have ever loved doesn’t love you in return? And because I can’t face those fears, I’m unable to face Haley.

She squeezes once and it’s like her voice caresses my mind: I’m here. I get it.

I squeeze back.

Seconds pass into moments. Moments into minutes. No words. No meaningless conversation. No eye contact. Just our hands combined.

My throat swells. Haley’s the only string holding me together.

 An exclusive excerpt from Breaking the Rules.

From Noah’s Point of View

I love how Echo molds her body around mine: head on my shoulder, her hair teasing my neck, her arms winding around my chest. I hug her and revel in her warmth.

From Echo’s Point of View

Noah leans into my touch, and I love that I have that effect on him. I lick my lips, half hoping he kisses me—half wondering what would happen if he did.

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about the author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Cover Reveal: Identity by Cleo Scornavacca

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Identity Blurb

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Identity is the second book in the Miss Taken series. The first book is Miss Taken.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00064]Love………The Ultimate Loss of Control

Rain and Raven Medici are identical twins. Although they come from a loving close-knit family their childhoods couldn’t have been more different. Raven went to school and was exposed freely to the outside world. Rain on the other hand was born with a blood disorder and denied many normal childhood experiences.

Once grown, Raven becomes a lawyer at their dad’s firm Kane & Medici in NYC. Rain along with her only childhood friend Tommy Conte, builds a very successful business as professional photographers. Traveling between Europe and Manhattan, and enjoying a world that was kept from her, Rain vows never to be controlled again.

Dominick Kane is a product of his upbringing. He’s powerful, self-assured and knows he can achieve anything he desires. Nothing gets in his way. There is only one
thing he has ever failed at. A relationship with his father Vincent Kane. Upon his father’s death, Dominick vows revenge. The events he sets in motion put him on a
collision course he himself will be unable to control.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Dominick kidnaps Raven as part of his plan for revenge. Only to discover afterward, he has taken Rain by mistake. Rain knows she can never survive being confined again. So she strikes a bargain with the devil and agrees to help Dominick get back what he feels rightly belongs to him. His father’s share of Kane & Medici.

Dominick decides to use the strong attraction growing between Rain and himself to control her in every way imaginable. Too bad no one ever taught Dominick you can’t control the heart. Nothing could have prepared him for the effect Rain would have on his.

Will this plan of revenge turn into unconditional love? Or will Dominick and Rain’s need for control ultimately destroy them and any possible chance for a real future
together…

about the author

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved books. I love reading them and finally, I’ve admitted to myself that I love to write them.

Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick’s story, I’ve never looked back, nor do I regret one single moment of it.

When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music. We can all use a little background music.

I try to add elements of things I love. And share them with the readers. I’ll continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about.

Let’s face it, we can all use some crazy every now and then.

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Cover Reveal: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

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COVER REVEAL:  Rock Courtship

By Nalini Singh

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Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

David & Thea’s Story

RELEASING ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

Pre-order on Amazon, iTunes & Kobo

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Blurb

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

about the author

nalini bioNEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads