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Pre-Release Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

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Blurb:

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Release Date:

June 6th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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Mare's Review

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Thank you Netgalley and Entangled for a copy of this e-arc.

I’m not sure where to start with my review Ha! This book was… Im gonna say strange but not in a bad way. It was…. different I guess.

Think the Hating Game for teens and 1st love.

I don’t think it is explained where the location is located? I know that the school was big on lacrosse….. I know there is a headmaster… and I know there are 537 Rules that Harper follows.

Harper was hilarious. It’s a deep rooted problem for truly honest people to be labelled as sarcastic. I know. I’m one of them. Although I am both deeply honest as well as sarcastic so I guess for me those labels fit.

I love slow burn- enemies to lovers book and this one filled both slots with a X.

I want to tell you guys that YA is a hard limit for me but because I’m truly honest YA has been my go to read since Fall 2016. There is something refreshing with reading about first love and those nerves and those butterflies that the general romance can give you but when everything is a cliche of another you don’t feel those flutters in the pit of your stomach really.

So if you liked the Hating Game and if you liked Carry On I would say you’re gonna enjoy this one.

Mare

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Blurb

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Expected Release Date: 

May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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Mare & Sil review

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Mare:

Readers beware. There can be spoilers in this review and I really really don’t think that you should be spoiled. Everyone deserves to read this book for the 1st time blindly. You have to go in blind. I went in thinking one thing and then another and then good Gawd another and I was wrong every single time.

This book was so many many things.

You will read many reviews that reference The Breakfast Club and that is not wrong. In a way I wish I watched the movie again before I read this story and not after because the similarities are there. Some.

I made Silvana read this book while I was still reading it so that I could talk to someone about it. And I loved seeing the story through her eyes. She was way smarter than me while reading it cause she saw what I didnt.

The hints are there. They are. But I just kept wondering which one of them could have done it really. Cause that’s the thing… you meet 5 people, 1 dies and the other 4…. you just dont think it can be any of them.

And for my Jake Riordan fans. This here book has the younger Jake in it and the similarities between them is freakishly scary. I asked Ms MacManus on twitter if she has yet to meet the older Jake Riordan and she hasn’t. I hope she takes my suggestion and reads him 🙂 Ohh what fun she will have!

Silvana:

5 STARS!

After being in a book funk for the past few months, I wanted a book that I couldn’t put down. I was losing hope then decided to read One Of Us is lying after Mare recommended it and this book delivered.

Reading it, I was reminded of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars however the author delivered a plot that’s unique and intriguing.

It did touch on the anxiety of our young striving to survive High School, in an age where they are all connected by social media, also how that same platform can hold them hostage and create a big divide.

I spent the first third of book trying to guess the “who done it” and why, then decided to just let the mystery reveal itself to me; my theory was only part right and a LOT wrong.

I am trying to make my review as vague as possible because as Mare mentioned, readers should be going in blind. Loved reading and discussing this novel with her because Mare’s enthusiasm was contagious, and this book was good stuff.

Pretty damn good stuff.

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Pre Release: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

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Blurb: 

Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine’s Europe in Style.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties.

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Expected Publication Date: November 16th 2015

Mare's Review

3.5 This is so Josh stars

So Jefferson Blythe, such an easy read really. And truly it is very much a JL Book.

Did I view it as a NA contemporary? No I didn’t really.

It was definitely not heavy on the romance.

It reminded me a bit of Jake & Adrien…..

Or Adrien as a young man.

I find JL’s writing to be so poetic. It flows so well, and makes you feel so many things all at once. To me it is heart wrenching, her words, which is why I find I love to read her. I can re read her books and fall in love over and over again and each re read I learn more or I see things differently because I read it in a different mood.

“I kissed him with all the skill and experience I had, and though the shape of his mouth was different and the line of his jaw was harder and the taste of his tongue was most definitely male, it simply made it easier, sweeter, more right.” 

I will have to re read Jefferson at some point and see if I view it differently than I did the 1st time around.

The mystery wasn’t JL’s best and it was funny how silly the villain’s were.

And then there was George. He was tough nut to crack, I couldn’t get a read on him and I wanted him to wake the hell up and see what was in front of him.

I hope that we can get a short or something for Jefferson and George so we see a glimpse into the future, I would like a glimpse. Something? Anything?

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Mare~

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Pre- Release Review: Craving’s Creek by Mel Bossa

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Blurb: 

For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.

Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.

But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involved in a horrific incident.

Now, at age thirty-one, Ryde’s life is a mess of alcohol and the painful imprint of his last look into Alistair’s desperate eyes. Since the evil they encountered on that shore, his first love has been lost to him—until he learns a friend’s wedding is to be officiated by a priest named Father Alistair Genet.

Amid the rush of emotions, one thought crystallizes: Ryde’s love for Alistair not only has never died, it’s stronger than ever. Stronger than God. But it may be no match for the church…and the repressed memories that are slowly tearing Alistair’s mind apart.

Warning: Contains a drunken confessional, a self-destructive clergyman, and a fight to the spiritual death for love.

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Release Date: August 18th, 2015

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Thank you Samhain Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of this ebook

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My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner
If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

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Sometimes it isn’t about the cover or even the story. Sometimes it’s what the written word can do to you. Your soul. Your heart.

Words written over 2000 years ago still have the essence to sooth you or burn you. Wars, love, hate, right, wrong. They all come from sources. No matter who your God is, no matter what your religion, we still to this day go back to this book and pray, cry, scream, yell, laugh. baptize, marry and bury.

A book that has been passed down from generation to generation. That has stayed the same no matter how much the world has changed, evolved, grown.

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“We were born sick,” you heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me, “Worship in the bedroom.”
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick
But I love it
Command me to be well
Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen

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Cravings Creek gripped me from page 1. I finished this book in 3 hours. This book. This book is Mel Bossa. This book is what I’ve been craving. 

She has a way of intercepting the past and the present. She has a way of exploring family dynamics, right and wrong, feelings that bleed on the pages. You can feel it. She has these 1 liners that speak to my soul.

“Beauty is like a scent. It clings to you even when its gone.”

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Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

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The story starts with the boys at 17. In lust and a perpetual state of hornyness. Written in 1st person, we enter the mind of Ryde and his obsession with Alistair.

My Lord but did Ryde wear his heart on his sleeve. You wanted to yell at him slow down, relax, breathe. He was so intense. And you felt the intensity on the pages.

“Her love is so big, it’s like standing in front of the ocean with a straw. No matter how much I try, I’ll never be able to take all of my mother’s love in.”

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If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

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“I don’t really know how to…I mean, how can I compete with God?”

The story takes us through a 14-15 year span with a horrific tragedy and how ultimately these boys have dealt with it. Or rather haven’t.

The fight for love, and obstacles, the essence of your very being, how your past can shape your future.

Mental illness and suppressed memories.

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Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine-looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful 

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Obstacles, the fact that someone’s belief can stand in the way of your happiness. The rigid mind frames, the open minds, the zealous,  the people helping you fight the good fight. The HFN.

This book. Ugh. This book was so bloody good IMO. It had to of been for me to read it in 1 sitting.

Right, wrong, belief, hope.

In the end, the truth will always set us free.

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Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

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Mare

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Reaper’s Stand (Reapers MC #4) by Joanna Wylde

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SYNOPSIS

 

As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?

 

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Silvana 

Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

OK I have to start by saying that I was looking forward to Picnic’s book and dreading it at the same time- I didn’t like the last two books in the series much. Let me say Reaper’s Stand did not disappoint but delivered in spades, IMO the best biker book I have read. This is not my go to genre and lately I have gravitated towards darker reads so to enjoy this so much was a delightful surprise.

Reaper’s Stand was just engrossing, read it in one sitting.

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Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I too was looking forward to reading Picnic’s book and I just knew that it’s going to be as pervy, as hot, as bad-ass and as engaging as Picnic! And it certainly did not disappoint! I LOVED it!

I devoured this book…  enjoyed the sizzling  romance, the humour, the suspense and the action. Definitely one of my favourite.

Silvana & Nancy’s Joint Review

London or Loni runs her own cleaning business.. and one of the establishment that she service is Pawns, a pawn shop owned by the Reapers MC whose president is Reese Hayes a.k.a. Picnic.  And she worked hard to keep her relationship with the MC’s on professional level….. That is until….

London is very protective when it comes to her niece, Jessica or Jess, who is trouble and self-destructive. So when Jess attended a party by no other than the Reapers MC, London had no choice but to ask Picnic a favour… to help her search for Jess and to ban her from going back to the club. And Picnic intends to collect on that favour specially since he had eyed London for  a quite sometime now. 😉

There are so many things that we loved about this book and one of those things is that both lead characters are more mature, experienced and well-rounded. It is quite a pleasing change.

If we loved Picnic before, we love him even more here. Picnic’s character is just perfect, a great blend of good and ‘assholish’. He wasn’t at all what we expected and everything we wanted in a male lead. The chemistry between him and Loni (London) was sizzling. His POV had us laughing… like the way he flaunts to London that he has this huge (ehemm) sex drive…. 😉

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Then, there was this particular scene which led to one HOT encounter, but London’s thoughts made us laugh, thinking “lady you need help”- however it’s Picnic so who could blame her. 

It was also endearing to read on Picnic’s loyalty and love towards his late wife with the imaginary conversation he made out in his head.

We couldn’t have picked a more perfect woman for Picnic with London. She is sweet, brave,  honest and tough where it counts. Loni got on our nerves a few times, but we have to say she is our favorite heroine so far in the series; although, in a moment of desperation, she failed and fucked up big time, we were left wondering as how she would be able to redeem herself after that. However the author, surprised us again, she not only redeemed London’s character but she made her gain the respect of the entire MC brothers.

Every great biker story should, or preferably should always have that suspense and action that is part of the allure in their  dangerous world and lifestyle; here enters the ongoing war of the club against the drug cartel… And London just so happens to be caught up in the middle of it all!!

We love how the story came together and with just the perfect ending.

Old characters returned and new characters are introduced….

Can’t wait for Jessica’s book…. Our hearts bleed for her… What a complete tease on that Bonus Epilogue, we’re sure Jess’s story with her mystery biker is gonna be another hot read!

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Reaper's Property (Reapers ... Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC, #1)
by Joanna Wylde
Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC... Reaper’s Legacy (Reapers MC, #2)
by Joanna Wylde
Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3) Devil’s Game (Reapers MC, #3)
by Joanna Wylde
Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC,... Reaper’s Stand (Reapers MC, #4)
by Joanna Wylde

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Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon

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Synopsis: 

Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried. 

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Mare's Review

4.5 I’m not Joshin stars

This book guys. This book. Was so damn good.

AND FULL LENGTH!

81000 word count= sheer bliss.

Mystery/Suspense is not my go to genre. I find that when I read this little things make me jump. The rustle of leaves, that one lone leaf scraping against the concrete in the wind. Trees swaying. People walking behind me. In general I become this paranoid mess and I second guess most people’s motives. ON EVERYTHING. And yet, its been drawing me in this year. More and more because there is substance and intrigue, story lines that don’t falter, the ahh ha ha moments when you guessed the whodunnit right.

I’m kinda new to the Josh Lanyon fan club. I only started reading ALL of his books this year. And I liked them all. BUT. I felt left. Like when you have an argument and think about all the things you could have said, but didn’t and will never get another chance to. All of his books have left me wanting more and wanting to throw my e-reader across the room. AND. Make me seethe with hate.

Stranger on the Shore left me fulfilled, satisfied, happy. Made me feel not so much of a murderous rage like Jake did, but more of a why? why? why? you douche Pierce .

As with Lanyon, it is heavy on the mystery, subtle on the romance and a slew of supporting characters that make you second guess the motives, the reasons and the why’s of it all. I loved where the story went, I loved how it kept me guessing. I loved that the clues kept me going, kept me turning the page, kept me so entranced that I couldn’t, wouldn’t put the book down.

And as per every Lanyon book the 2 MCs have the similar mannerisms but their individuality makes them… well them in each book.

You can’t help but fall in love with Griff. He’s easy to want to love. AND. You can’t help but to hate a bit, a tad bit, a wee bit,  on Pierce. Lanyon is excellent in making you feel so many feelings for the MC. And he excels at writing men that “seem” cold and heartless, mean and OMG asses! Excellent at making us pick apart the MCs until we feel we’ve gotten to the core. But. We haven’t because  like a true mystery writer we’re still left with…well… a mystery. And I like that because I will think of these characters long after I have finished reading these books.

I can’t wait for more Lanyon books. And I hope and pray and ask for full length novels. Because 100 odd pages of his magic just isn’t enough.

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