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Review – White-Hot Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Review – White-Hot Hack by Tracey Garvis-GravesWhite-Hot Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves
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on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 264
Source: Purchased Amazon
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Their love story began in Heart-Shaped Hack. Join Kate and Ian for the thrilling conclusion in White-Hot Hack.
When cybercriminals doxed undercover hacker Ian Bradshaw and forced him to flee, he begged Kate Watts for forgiveness and vowed never to hurt her again. He also convinced her to marry him, and when their idyllic summer on Roanoke Island comes to an end, the newlyweds relocate to a secluded home deep in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. Ian still struggles with boundaries, but he keeps Kate’s lingerie drawer filled with surprises, and there’s no shortage of number-six kisses. There’s even a fast, new car to replace his beloved Shelby.
Ian promised Kate that life with him would never be boring, but spending her days picking out paint colors and going to Pilates isn’t going to cut it. Meanwhile, Ian discovers that building a white-hat security firm from the ground up seems harder the second time around, and he might have underestimated how much he’d miss the undercover work he walked away from. To make matters worse, the hacktivists are threatening national security, and the task force could really use Ian’s help.
Kate and Ian have always worried that their past would catch up to them, and when faced with the biggest showdown of their lives, they must capitalize on the one thing they excel at most: teamwork. Ian claims no one is a better hacker than him, but in order to triumph, he’ll have to prove it. And if he can’t, he risks losing the woman whose heart he worked so hard to hack.
This is the second and final book in the Kate and Ian series. The first book, Heart-Shaped Hack, can be read as a standalone.

Kate and Ian are back in this sequel to Heart-Shaped Hack. The couple is now married and keeping their identities a secret deep in horse and wine country in Virginia. Kate quickly grows tired of picking out paint chips and other decorations. She convinces Ian to let her help him build up their business. Ian is reluctant though he agrees. Kate convinces Ian to go back on the task force. As they get their life in order will their pasts catch up to them and destroy all they are working for?

In an Oyster Shell  – There were a lot more intimate sex scenes in this book and I was super disappointed though the rest of the story was really good.

The Pearls – This was a great conclusion to the story. I felt at the end the story was complete and I was really happy with it.

The conflict in this story was multi-faceted and riveting. There were several subplots at play that kept me on my toes turning page after page.

The characters were dynamic. I love Kate and Ian. They have great chemistry and you can’t help but root for them. There was a great surrounding of supporting characters as well.

The Sand –  I had to skim a good part of the book because there were so many sex scenes. I understand they were newlyweds but it didn’t mean I wanted to be privy to all the intimate details. It’s not my style I prefer a more clean romance.

3 Pearls!

3 Stars

About Tracey Garvis-Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. She is hard at work on

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Review – Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully

Review – Beautiful Chaos by Alex TullyBeautiful Chaos by Alex Tully
on June 13th 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 344
Source: Kindle Unlimited

I received this book for free from Kindle Unlimited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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While most seventeen year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O’Connell’s job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family ‘business’ is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.
And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands—specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne—things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.
But sometimes…chaos is a beautiful thing.
From the author of Hope for Garbage comes another fast-moving, emotionally-charged tale, full of plot twists that will keep you guessing, and true-to-life characters you will root for. Most of all, this is a story of first love—crazy, chaotic first love—love that hits us hard, and never lets go.

Brady O’Connell helps his dad with the family business. One night he decides to cut corners and go to a concert with his friends. An envelope he was supposed to deliver ends up in the wrong hands of a girl named Vivienne. Brady tries to get the envelope back but chaos always follows Vivienne and they have to go on a hunt for the envelope. As they search Brady gets to know Vivienne and there is more to her than meets the eye.

In an Oyster Shell – The concept of the book was interesting and there was tangible character growth.

The Pearls – I liked the concept of the book. I liked that Brady stuck with his dad after his parent’s divorce. You don’t see that too often in books, often it seems the kids stay with the mom. He helps his dad with the “family business” which is essentially helping collect on bets. A parent that lets his kid get into that kind of business is different.

There was great character growth seen in the book. Especially with the dad, he’s basically a stay at home person and due to conflict that arises, he sees the need to change and get out more. This helps his son to be more responsible for being his own age instead of taking care of the parent.

The Sand – I wasn’t very excited reading this book. It didn’t catch my interest above just reading it to read it. I wasn’t particularly wowed.

3 pearls!

3 Stars

About Alex Tully

Alex Tully lives outside Cleveland with her husband, two teenagers, and a golden retriever named Trooper.

When she’s not writing or doing mom stuff, she loves to read (actually Audible) and Netflix (or Amazon Prime) binge. She is also a huge Cleveland Browns fan – laugh if you must :)

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Review – Crush Dilemma Dear Aubrey Book 1

Review – Crush Dilemma Dear Aubrey Book 1The Crush Dilemma by Susan Hatler
Series: Dear Aubrey, #1
Published by Hatco Publishing on July 14, 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 198
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Teen geek, Poppy Pinkleton, is adding some spice to her senior year of high school: A year of psychological experiments that will 1) Earn her three units of college credit; 2) Give her an outlet to say what she wants, when she wants; and 3) Will NOT include her parents telling her to be the “bigger person.”
How, you ask? Poppy’s gotten the green light from Mrs. Peterson, the newspaper head, to write an online advice column for the school. She’s found the perfect name for her alter ego: Aubrey. It means someone who rules with “magical wisdom.” She’ll be in control of her online experiment, online identity, and divvy her wisdom to the masses while tracking the results for her mini-thesis. Now, protected by a secret identity, she’s got the popular crowd clambering to know what she thinks about fashion, homework, and eek . . . even sex! And the best part is, her parents and best friends don’t know anything about it. Finally, she can let loose a wild side and speak her mind—right or wrong, without having to meet anyone’s expectations.
Soon, however, dishing out advice leads to more than Poppy can handle on her own and she must make a choice. Hide behind her alter ego or take the chance that everyone, including the new boy at school, will like her for everything she is.

Poppy Pinkerton is a teenage geek. She’s afraid to speak her mind and make waves. She comes up with the idea for an advice column that becomes a psychological experiment to give her college credit. This is perfect because her dream is to be a psychologist. She starts the column under the alias Dear Aubrey. Dear Aubrey becomes her ultra ego and she’s everything poppy is not poised and speaks her mind. Will Poppy be able to keep her to worlds from colliding?

In an Oyster Shell – I always love a YA underdog book and this fits the bill, I really enjoyed this book.

The Pearls –  The concept was fabulous. A geek girl who gives advice to the popular kids whose ultra ego becomes popular. It’s fantastic! I loved loved loved this book.

The characters were well developed and likeable or despicable respectively. I feel bad for Poppy having a name like Poppy Pinkerton I could empathize with her. My maiden name got made fun of a lot in school. I felt Poppy was super relatable.

The romance was really sweet. I like the conflict that surrounded it. Poppy was completely oblivious.

This was a really fun book .

The Sand – Towards the end there were quite a few typos that made for some confusion.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Susan Hatler

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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Sunday Post September 25

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

The weather is cooling down here in the Northwest. It’s a bright sunny day today but it’s getting rainier and rainier by the week.

This Week In Review – Click image to go to review

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Giveaways – 

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This week’s discussion is stand alones vs. series.

Coming Up – 

Reviews – 

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Question of the Week – What new shows are you watching this fall? I started watching Designated Survivor with Keifer Sutherland.

Have a great week!

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I’m still on a break from coffee so I’ll be drinking a Lavander Chamomille tea today.

What are you drinking?

So I’ve been giving this some thought lately. There are a lot of series out there. Maybe it’s just the books that I am reading, but it seems like a majority of the books I read are a series. It’s bumming me out a little. I would like some good old fashion stand alone books.

When it’s a series the story doesn’t feel done with one book or at least the author doesn’t think so.  Sometimes I think the book is complete and the author has made it a series. There is one time I read a book that needed a sequel and the author had no intent of doing so. She did end up making the sequel which I have not read #readershame. It was necessary. Other than that exception, does there really need to be so many series out there?

I want more stand alones. I want to read a book and feel like I accomplished something. I don’t want to have to wait for the next release or have to work the next books into my already crazy reading schedule.

Do you have any good stand alone suggestions? Do you get overwhelmed with series?

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Review The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine KnightsThe Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine Knights
Published by Howling Wolf/Ravenswood Publishing on May 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 310
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.
Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil's already fragile world off its axis.
Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil's revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.

Rubie Keane moved to America with her sister and husband so she can go to a private school. The school she’s going to should help her get into an ivy league school. Everyone decided this is what best. Sad to leave her beloved Trinidad behind she’s also looking forward to making a new start. By new start means being a loner and not making friends because of what happened in Trinidad. Gil Stromeyer has other ideas says he needs Rubie to be his friend. With Gil being persistent will Rubie stick to her no friend rule?

In an Oyster Shell – This was a surprisingly amazing read that will stay with you long after you have finished.

The Pearls – It was nice to be exposed to the Trinidad culture. I learned so much about it from this book and I love that. I love how Rubie fit into America by standing by her customs (mostly phrases) and sporting her Trinidad pride.

The contrast between Rubie and Gil was amazing. It made for a great dynamic. The fact that they had a platonic relationship was unique and refreshing. I liked the creativity behind the why they had a platonic relationship.

The themes in this book were very real. There was a lot of dealing with loss do to death and sickness. It was amazing that in the end Rubie and Gill could really be there for each other in their respective struggles.

The Sand –  Sometimes a strength can be a weakness. I think the strong Trinidad pride was a bit over done. It would have been nice to see Rubie being acclimated to more American things to balance it out.

4.5 Stars

About Kimberley Nadine Knights

Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write instead, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.

She’s an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.

“The Cilantro in Apple Pie” is her debut novel.

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Review – A Sprint to His Heart by Lyla Bardan

Review – A Sprint to His Heart by Lyla BardanA Sprint to His Heart by Lyla Bardan
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on July 13th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 251

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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An ordinary young woman with a dream to be a professional cyclist falls for an extraordinary young man who thinks she’s anything but ordinary.
Bailey Meyers doesn’t have time for distractions, much less a boyfriend, so why does she agree to date the drop-dead sexy Fae artist who loves to watch her race? Because for once, she’d like to take a risk off the racecourse, even after her coach’s reminder of his no dating policy. A policy that puts her racing career in jeopardy when she’s kicked off the team, as if a concussion from a crash and an accusation of doping with dark Fae blood wasn’t enough.
She can’t stay away from the enchanting Piran of Sava…until she discovers he’s not who she thought he was. Can their love stay on course when Bailey joins a cycling team a thousand miles away and Piran is promised to a Fae princess?

In an Oyster Shell –  I did not like this book, it was not for me.

The Pearls –  The romance was sweet at times.

The Sand –  I didn’t realize this was a New Adult book so the explicit sex scenes took me by surprise. I like clean romance. The whole idea of Fae living in the real world as part of reality just did not work for me. There is something about the love interest that really bothers me. The main character was awkward.

In the end, this was just not a book for me.

2 pearls

2 Stars
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Review – Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Review – Frostbitten by Heather BeckFrostbitten by Heather Beck
Published by Enchanted Publishing on June 23, 2014
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 284
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Great beauty hides dark secrets...
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

Anastasia moves to Cedar Falls after getting in trouble in the town where she was living with her mom. Her grandparents welcome her with open arms. Anastasia tries to settle into small town life but soon finds herself in the midst of small town dynamics. Her grandfather is in competition with another hardware store. The owner’s son ends up being Frost who takes an immediate liking to Anastasia. As the grow closer it becomes clear that Frost and the town are hiding something.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a good fun read.

The Pearls – I always love a small town setting. There can be so much drama in a small town. Cedar falls is no exception. I like how the author captures the hysteria and paranoia that can happen in any place but especially in a small town.

I like the accuracy of the title. It was really foretelling to the whole story. The cover worked as well to go along with the story. I like how the author was right on with all the intricate details that go along with the book.

The writing was crisp and clean. The plot was engrossing, with lots of twists and turns.

The Sand – There was insta-love with the romance which is not ideal. The pacing was slightly off in some places.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Heather Beck

Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.

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Sunday Post – September 18

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I got a new to me car this week which is exciting. My husband and I have been down to one car for nine months so it will be nice to have the flexibility of two cars again.

This Week In Review – Image Takes you to the review!

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Blog Tour – 

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Giveaways – 

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This week’s Feature and Follow was show your TBR.

This week’s discussion was about Letting Loose. 

Coming up this week – 

Reviews – 

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Question of The Week – What’s your favorite part of fall? Mine is wearing sweaters and boot.

Have a great week

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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Letting Loose

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Happy Friday! I’m still on a break from coffee so I’ll be drinking a Lavander Chamomille tea today.

I have a very rigid reading schedule. Lately, I’ve been doing three reviews a week most of them requests from authors so I have to stay on track. If I want to fulfill my commitments. There is this little part of me that is ready to rebel and go crazy and read what I want.

I will confess sometimes I feel trapped by the strict confines I have put myself in. I just want to go crazy and read what I want.

I think I should just let loose and do it! What do you think?

I’m very passionate about helping authors, and the biggest help to authors is doing reviews. I agree to do a lot of reviews because I feel I’m doing my part to help the reading/writing community go round. This is the reason I have such a strict reading schedule but today I’m going to read what I want!

I’ll let you know that it’s not lost on me the humor of a good time is going off my reading schedule. HA HA! I live dangerously! When I went to visit my dad this past spring I confessed to him that I needed to cut back on my reading. He laughed at me! He said “Jessica, people cut back on drinking too much or eating, not reading.” What can I say I live life to the extreme! LOL!

Do you have a reading schedule? How does it make you feel?

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