Thursday 30 January 2020

Most Popular Books Published In February 2020

Once A Myth (Goddess Isles #1) by Pepper Winters - February 25th 2020

Irresistible (Neighbor from Hell #11) by R.L. Mathewson - February 4th 2020
Ignite on Contact (Brotherhood by Fire #2) by Jaci Burton -  February 4th 2020
Dominik (Arizona Vengeance #6) by Sawyer Bennett -  February 18th 2020
Titan's Addiction (Wall Street Titan #2) by Anna Zaires -  February 25th 2020
Always Yours (Roommate Duet #6) by Kennedy Fox - February 4th 2020
Savage Burn (Savage Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones - February 25th 2020

Finding Him (Covet #2) by Rachel Van Dyken -  February 25th 2020
Disavow (The Dumonts #3) by Karina Halle - February 25th 2020
The Bedroom Experiment by Kendall Ryan - February 11th 2020
Revenge (Slay Quartet #3) by Laurelin Paige - February 25th 2020
Just One Year by Penelope Ward - February 24th 2020
Trouble (Dogwood Lane #3) by Adriana Locke - February 4th 2020

Then You Happened by K. Bromberg - February 3rd 2020
Flame (Web of Desire #2) by Aleatha Romig - February 25th 2020
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden Mills - February 3rd 2020
The Life That Mattered (Life Duet #1) by Jewel E. Ann - February 6th 2020
My Bestie's Ex (The Rooftop Crew #1) by Piper Rayne - February 18th 2020
We Are Us by Tara Leigh - February 27th 2020

The Wrong/Right Man by Aurora Rose Reynolds - February 4th 2020
For Three Seconds by C. Lymari - February 4th 2020
Love Bank (Jobs from Hell #1) by Marika Ray - February 6th 2020
My Maddie (Hades Hangmen #8) by Tillie Cole - February 4th 2020
Bullseye (The Monsters Within Duet #1) by Monica James - February 20th 2020
Never Love a Rockstar (Rockstars in Kill Devil Hills #3) by Sarah Darlington - February 5th 2020

The Lying Season by K.A. Linde -  February 4th 2020   
Fake It 'Til You Break It by Meagan Brandy - February 5th 2020    
Keeper by Harloe Rae -  February 6th 2020    
Breathless (Texas Nights #3) by Lex Martin - February 18th 2020    
Bad Liar (The Reed Rivers Trilogy #1) by Lauren Rowe - February 24th 2020  
That Secret Crush (Getting Lucky #3) by Meghan Quinn - February 11th 2020

Wicked Dreams (Fallen Royals #1) by S. Massery - February 3rd 2020   
Hate You Not by Ella James -  February 12th 2020    
Doughn't Let Me Go (Slice #3) by Teagan Hunter - February 6th 2020   
Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros - February 25th 2020   
Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey -  February 6th 2020   
All The Letters I’ve Ever Read (Handwritten & Heartbroken Duet #2) by Ace Gray - February 27th 2020 

Ripple Effect by Tracey Jerald - February 3rd 2020    
Just Friends (Blue Beech #6) by Charity Ferrell - February 6th 2020   
Close to Me by Monica Murphy - February 11th 2020   
Broken Princess (Ruthless Rulers #3) by Stella Hart - February 26th 2020   
Stolen Soulmate by Mary Catherine Gebhard -  February 27th 2020   
Unbreakable (Cloverleigh Farms #4) by Melanie Harlow - February 10th 2020

Slow Dancing by Stylo Fantome - February 21st 2020   
One-Eighty (Westover Prep #1) by Marie James - February 10th 2020   
Creeping Beautiful by J.A. Huss -  February 19th 2020   
Bet On Me (Royal Bastards MC #5) by Elizabeth Knox - February 4th 2020  
Lady & The Biker (Royal Bastards MC #6) by Glenna Maynard - February 11th 2020   
Frozen Rain (Royal Bastards MC #8) by CM Genovese - February 25th 2020

The Guy in the Middle (The Underdogs #3) by Kate Stewart - February 29th 2020
Sanctum by K. Michelle - February 25th 2020
A Lovely Obsession (Debt of Passion Duet #1) by Coralee June - February 10th 2020
I Dare You (Truth And Dare Duet #2) by Lylah James - February 10th 2020
Battle Hearts (Storm MC Reloaded #3) by Nina Levine - February 4th 2020
No Inhibitions (Dirty Sexy Fairy Tales #3) by Erika Wilde - February 18th 2020 
The Queen's Assassin (Queen's Secret #1) by Melissa de la Cruz - February 4th 2020
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace - February 4th 2020
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller - February 25th 2020
The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray - February 4th 2020
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne - February 4th 2020
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold - February 25th 2020
Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian - February 4th 2020
Ink in the Blood (Ink in The Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal - February 11th 2020
The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K. Larkwood - February 11th 2020
The Darkest King (Lords of the Underworld #15) by Gena Showalter - February 25th 2020
A Worthy Opponent (Wicked Villains #3) by Katee Robert - February 23rd 2020
Night Spinner (Night Spinner #1) by Addie Thorley - February 11th 2020

Monday 27 January 2020

COVER REVEAL: Stolen Soulmate by Mary Catherine Gebhard

STOLEN SOULMATE by Mary Catherine Gebhard 
Release Date: February 27th 
Cover Designer: Hang Le    

Apple Books: 

There’s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes. 
It protects us more than them.  
I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. 
I’ve regretted it every day since.  
He hates me. 
He torments me.  
He won’t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince is… a virgin.  
I signed a contract in my heart’s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he won’t need me.  
I shouldn’t need him. 
But he’s my stolen soulmate, and I’m at his mercy.

The ink was barely dry on the pages. 
I don’t know if I was ready for this. Somehow I felt like I was more of a virgin than Grayson. Nervous, skittish. He’d warned me when all of this began that the things he’d seen and done would wreck me.  
I should’ve believed him then.  
When I didn’t do anything for a minute, he arched a brow.  
Do whatever he says.  
I could use my safe word, but a twisted part of me liked doing what he told me to do. Liked the rush and the way his eyes hardened. It felt like power, power over one of the most powerful people in the world.  
I’d barely taken a step to him, when he ripped me to him by the small of my waist. His other hand tangled in my hair, yanking my head to the side.  
“Fuck,” he said, lips at my neck. “Which part do I eat first.”  
Delicious tingles spread along my skin at his words. His nose ran along my neck, goosebumps following in his wake. His hands slid from hair, from my waist, along my body, feeling every inch of me, like he couldn’t do it fast enough, before settling back in my hair.  
Deliriously, I found the zipper of my dress, but his overtook mine. Stopping me.  
“I’m going to ruin your white dress, Snitch. Ruin you. Until you’re all fucked up from me.”

I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide.  
I wanted to be a marine biologist.  
An actor.  
A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49 for that phase).  
One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus).  
When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone.  
These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course  


COVER REVEAL: Slow Dancing by Stylo Fantôme

Title: Slow Dancing
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: February 21, 2020

A rising pop star who can't let go of her emotional baggage, and a cocky dance partner who doesn't know what monogamy is.
She's inhibited.
He's free-spirited.
She doesn't want a relationship.
He doesn't believe in them.
She can't believe that anyone would love her.
He can't seem to stop himself from loving her.
When their differences collide and sparks start to fly, he's sure it's the start of something amazing.
And she's sure it's the end of her career.
Who will be right?
Woods's voice was suddenly behind her, startling her.
“Why do you always sneak up on me?” she demanded, not able to keep the grin from her face. He beckoned her with one finger, and she swayed into him, her body moving to the music. Closed her eyes as she remembered their dance from the beach.
“Because I like to see you blush,” he replied, one arm coiling around her waist as he moved in rhythm with her.
“Mean man, that's not very nice,” she laughed, looking up at him again.
“I'm not a very nice man.”
She snorted. The tequila was rolling around in her brain, making her feel loose. Bold.
“No, you're not, are you? You're a tease.”
“A tease?” his eyebrows shot up. “Explain, please.”
“You. Sneaking up on me, talking to me the way you do.”
“And how do I talk to you, hmmm?” He raised a beer bottle to his lips – she hadn't even realized he'd had one in his free hand.
“You talk to me like ...” she tried to think through the tequila fog. “Like you know me. Like you know secrets about me, and you're keeping them from me.”
“Maybe I do,” Woods challenged before necking the rest of his beer. She watched the tendons in his neck stretch and pull taut. Ridiculously wanted to place her tongue against them.
“And what secrets do you know, pray tell?” she asked, loosely wrapping her arms around his shoulders as a slow song came on.
“I know a lot of things.”
“I think you're full of shit,” she called him out. “I think you just like to tease people. Poor Jeremy.”
“I didn't once tease Jeremy,” Woods corrected her. “If you asked him, I think you would find that he was highly, and often, fulfilled.”
“Fulfilled? Or just filled?” she joked before she could stop herself.
“Ooohhh, I think I'm going to like drunk-you very much,” his voice was low as he laughed at her response.
“And none of that is a secret – everyone knew you two were sleeping together. I don't think you know any secrets, Woods Donahue,” she said.
He pulled her in tight to him, pressed his mouth to her ear.
“I know some things,” he breathed. “I know you look at me when you think I'm not looking at you. I know you wonder what it was like between Jeremy and me. But mostly, you wonder what it would be like between you and me.”
Her temperature skyrocketed and she felt like she couldn't breathe. Forget blushing, she was on fire, and she couldn't decide if she wanted to run away, or cry, or strip. Possibly some combination of all three.

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.


Monday 20 January 2020

Rejčel Lipinkot - Nepremostiva blizina

Izdavač - LAGUNA

Stela je pametna, odgovorna, lepa i poštuje pravila.
Vil je buntovnik, neodgovoran i tvrdoglav.
Njih dvoje su potpuno različiti, međutim, jedna stvar im je zajednička - cistična fibroza.

“Ako ću već da umrem, onda hoću prvo da živim. I tek tad ću umreti.”

Stela želi da živi, koliko god je moguće da produži dane na ovom svetu - ona ne odustaje. Pije redovno lekove, pridržava se pravila i bori se svakog dana.
Vil ne želi više da preživljava, da pazi i da čeka dan kada će umreti. Želi da dane, koji su mu preostali, provede onako kako on misli da treba. Putujući, što dalje od bolnica, lekara i lekova.
Kad se upoznaju, menjaju polako jedno drugo i zaljubljuju se.
Ali kako izgleda ljubav na dva metra udaljenosti bez mogućnosti da se poljube, zagrle i dodurnu?
Da li ljubav zaista pobeđuje sve?

“Ne znam zašto svi veruju da postaješ svetac ako imaš neku bolest ili poremećaj. To je velika budalaština.”

Ovo mi je za sad najsimpatičnija knjiga iz žanra “umirući YA”.
Inače nisam veliki fan istog ali pročitam s vremena na vreme knjigu iz gore pomenutog žanra. Dosadile su mi jer su sve slične i svaka priča je prelivena sa mnogo patetičnih ljubavi i očekuje se da plačemo, što kod mene nikad nije slučaj u ovakvim pričama.
Uglavnom bude previše... bljutavo.
Međutim, ovde stvarno nije bilo tako, iako je knjiga teška, smejala sam se Vilu... i sam kraj nije bio posut patetičnim izlivima, naprotiv.

“Dosadilo mi je da priželjkujem stvari. Mnogo toga ne možemo imati. Ali možemo da imamo ovo.”

Knjiga je stvarno kratka, drži pažnju i ja sam je pročitala za par sati.
Stela me je u početku nervirala, kako je priča odmicala i kako se saznaju neke stvari postajala mi je simpatična.
Dok mi je Vil bio sjajan od prvog (njegovog) poglavlja.

“To je samo život, Vile. Završiće se dok trepneš.”

Iritantno je to što uvek postoji bar mala doza onog “plačite” u ovakvim knjigama. Ako ne zbog glavnih junaka, onda zbog sporednih.
I možda većini to jeste ok, možda omladinu stvarno dirne.
Kod mene uglavnom ima suprotan efekat i zbog toga sam dala zvezdicu manje.

4 zvezdice
“Potreban nam je taj dodir ljudi koje volimo gotovo koliko nam je potreban vazduh da bismo disali. Nikad nisam razumela značaj dodira, njegovog dodira... sve dok mi nije bio uskraćen.”

Dot Hačison - Deca leta


Pročitajte osvrt na prvi deo serijala "Bašta leptirica" OVDE
Pročitajte osvrt na drugi deo serijala "Majske ruže" OVDE

“Ali u mraku sve izgleda gore. Ljudi su uvek iskreniji kad ih niko ne vidi.”

Agentkinja Mercedes Ramirez na svom kućnom pragu pronalazi dečaka koji tvrdi da mu je žena - anđeo ubila roditelje, a potom ga ostavila ispred njene kuće sa plišanom igračkom govoreći mu da će sa Mercedes biti bezbedan.
Taj dečak je tek prvi u nizu. 

“Čak i kad nešto nije dobro, kraj uvek boli.”

Kako vreme odmiče, a nova deca sa sličnim pričama dolaze u njen život, umrljani krvlju i tražeći je... i ona sama počinje da se suočava sa sopstvenim sećanjima i traumama iz detinjstva.

“Nacrtaš mapu, napraviš plan i onda odjednom sve krene naglavačke, a ti si toliko upleten u sve te promene da tek posle izvesnog vremena shvatiš šta se dešava.”

Ostaju pitanja: Ko je žena-anđeo, da li je zaista žena, zašto bira baš Mercedes i kako je pronaći?

“Ja samo smatram da svako ko počini silovanje treba da bude kastriran, a ako siluje dete, kazna treba da bude što bolnija i da ostavi što veća oštećena.”

Bašta leptirica je mi jedna od najdražih knjiga iz ovog žanra, nadala sam se da će se i ostale iz serijala naći tu, ali me je nastavak Majske ruže malo razočarao jer sam očekivala mnogo više i stvarno sam se plašila da će Deca leta biti lošija i od Majskih ruža.
Što, srećom, nije bio slučaj.

“Dosadilo mi je da te štitim od svoje teške priče samo zato što se tebi ne dopada činjenica da je svet jezivo mesto.”

Tema je sama po sebi mnogo teška jer je u pitanju zlostavljanje dece, prvenstveno seksualno, a potom i sve ono što to sa sobom povlači.
Iako mi je knjiga držala pažnju od prve do poslednje stranice, u jednom trenutku sam je spustila i napravila pauzu od jednog dana sa čitanjem.

“I šta sad, sledi veliko poverenje, odlazak u krevet i sve je rešeno, kao čarobnim štapićem? Zar se nismo složile da je Holivud prepun sranja?”

Knjiga je napisana iz Mercedesinog POV-a, ali postoje i kraći delovi gde nam žena - anđeo opisuje svoj život. I to mi je verovatno bio istovremeno najtužniji i najjeziviji deo knjige.

“Bila jednom jedna devojčica koja se plašila promena.
Neki strahovi, napokon je to naučila, mogu da budu dobri. Neki strahovi ne predstavljaju užas i patnju, i oni su tek... uzbuđenja. Iskre prkosa.”

Ono što mi je još dopalo jeste ta paralela koja je podvučena između žrtvi sa sličnim traumama i razlikama kada odrastu.
Kao i pokazatelj da sam sistem neretko izneveri žrtve gore nego sam dželat zbog kojih su u tom sistemu završili.

“Nije to mnogo logično, ali kad su pa ljutnja, patnja i trauma bile logične?”

I mnogo sam se radovala rečenicama na španskom ❤

“El mundo está en guerra. Por lo que solo hay que dejar que se queme.”
(Svet je u ratu. Stoga ga treba pustiti da izgori.)

I dalje mi je Bašta leptirica najbolja iz serijala, ali nadam se da će i četvrti deo biti preveden. 

“Ožiljci govore da smo nešto preživele, makar nas rane i dalje bolele.”

5 zvezdica.

“Taj osećaj, svest da niste tek zlostavljani, već da ste žrtva, uvlači vam se u kosti i tamo ostaje godinama, čak i decenijama. Kako život odmiče, taj osećaj vam može nanetu podjednaku štetu kao i sama trauma. Osećaj da ste žrtva ima svoj sopstveni gadni oblik recidivizma.”

Wednesday 15 January 2020

COVER REVEAL: I Dare You by Lylah James

I DARE YOU by Lylah James
Release Date: January 30th
Photographer: Michael Stokes
Model: @attila / Atilla Toth
Cover Designer: Steamy Designs


Enemies to best friends and now lovers.

Maddox Coulter.
Was my enemy. Now my best friend.
You know him... Popular jock, rich enough to buy a town and a modern day casanova with a dirty smirk.
He's every girl's wet dream. But he wants me.
Maddox needs me.
One night of untamed passion has us dangling over the edge of something dangerous and it could forever break us.

Our hearts are on the line.
Maddox is keeping secrets.
I vowed to never give up on him but I'm not sure he's the same man I fell in love with anymore.
I'm scared he'd leave my heart bleeding at his feet.
But worst, what if we go back to...
... hating each other?

Lylah James lives somewhere in Canada. She is usually pretty busy but she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male.

Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.

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