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My Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

June 30, 2020



To be honest... I was (and am) in no way prepared to do this list justice. I'm probably going to add to this list, maybe switch things around. Who really knows? The following releases are ones I've been looking forward to and I hope I'm able to read them this year (in no particular order)!

Reign by Jessica Gadziala

June 29, 2020

Reign by Jessica Gadziala

His lips seared into mine, branding me in a way that was almost painfully hot, but so consuming that I didn't even think about the fact that I was going to walk around the rest of my days marked by Reign.

Dissent by Jessica Gadziala

June 27, 2020

Dissent by Jessica Gadziala

I refused to get any more scars from loving edges sharp enough to cut me.

For a Good Time, Call... by Jessica Gadziala

For a Good Time, Call... by Jessica Gadziala

That's what kissing Hunter felt like: freedom, after a life of being imprisoned.

#FreebieFriday for June 26th

June 26, 2020


It's finally Friday and I don't know about you, but if it weren't for this post, I'd probably not even notice. Working from home makes all the days run together for me.

Okay, so it's the weekend and here's the list of free books on offer from Amazon that I would add to my TBR (or have already read).

If you know of any sales or deals (or other freebies) please leave them in the comments below. All books free at time of post.

Happy Reading!

Release + Review ➤ STARLET BY CORA KENBORN

June 25, 2020


Title: Starlet
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020

🡪 🡪 My Review: https://bit.ly/2A5PUKa 🡨 🡨

Logan by Jay McLean

Logan by Jay McLean

"You know, for a guy who thinks that romance is dead, you sure are romantic, Logan no-middle-name Preston."
His hands land on my hips. "Only because you believe, Red."
"In romance?" I ask.
He shakes his head. "In me."

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

June 24, 2020

House of Earth and Blood Crescent City Sarah J Maas

“That's the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

June 23, 2020

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

-- Synopsis --

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45044785-the-silvered-serpents

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

Release + Review ➤ SOMETHIN' ABOUT THAT BOY BY LANI LYNN VALE

Release Date: June 23

✩★ My Review 🡢 🡢 🡢 https://bit.ly/2V92YFE ★✩


Banner Spurlock knew the moment that he walked into Kilgore High School and saw Perry Street that life was about to get interesting.


Forced to move due to a problem at home, a problem in the form of his ex-best friend hating him for something that Banner’s father did, Banner doesn’t think very much could improve in his life.

He left his status as king of Benton High School behind and moved to a new school where not only would he have to try out for a new football team and prove himself, but he’d also have to find a place for himself in the hierarchy.

Only, the moment that he arrives, he knows that finding a place for himself won’t be too hard. Especially when his reputation follows him all the way to Kilgore, Texas.

***
Perry Street hates school. She hates her peers—most of them anyway—and she hates her classes. All she wants to do is finish her senior year, graduate, and find a place that will give her a full scholarship so that she doesn’t have to be stuck here forever.

That’s her goal, anyway.

Then she walks into first period, on her first day of her senior year, and sits down. Seconds later, he walks in and changes every single plan she’s ever made.

It isn’t long before Perry starts to fall for the bad boy who doesn’t care who he does and doesn’t impress. The boy makes her heart flutter. The boy makes her want things that she’s never wanted before. Not ever.

The boy brings trouble with him that nearly kills her.

The Last Ten Books I Abandoned


Welcome to TTT! These were the last 10 books I had to DNF. I never used to do this. I used to slog my way through, no matter how hard it was. My resolution for 2020 was to quit while I was ahead. So these are the 10 books that didn't make the cut.

Joke's On You by Lani Lynn Vale

June 22, 2020

Joke's On You by Lani Lynn Vale

I was going to be good.
This was only a kiss.
But then she had to go and ruin it.

Lucas by Jay McLean

June 21, 2020

Lucas by Jay McLean

"Love hard, love fierce, but love right. Be careful with your heart, guard it, and if you feel the need to be reckless, make sure you are the one making that choice."

Lucas by Jay McLean

-- Synopsis --

Lucas by Jay McLeanIn a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.


High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32282814-lucas

Fifth a Fury by Pepper Winters

June 20, 2020

Fifth a Fury by Pepper Winters

She was wrong that it was something at first sight with us. It wasn’t something. It was love. Pure, buckling, brutalising love.

-- Synopsis --

"There was a beginning once. A beginning that started with being sold to a monster I fell for. There was an ending once. An ending that came cloaked in bloodshed and fury."

Eleanor Grace is a simple mortal who has the power to topple a god. She captured his heart, fed him a different future, and fought for a fantasy that wasn’t make-believe but destiny.
Sully Sinclair is a man masquerading as a monster. He let down his shields and allowed a goddess to show him a simpler path. However, neither of them could predict the war that was coming, nor the toll it would take.
A fated romance.
A fight that will finish in tears.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50277190-fifth-a-fury



#FreebieFriday for June 19th

June 19, 2020


It's another Friday and I don't know about you, but I've been looking forward to the weekend since Monday! I have so many books on my TBR and I've added a few of these to the list. Can you find any to add to yours?

These books were free at the time of this post. If you happen to know of any deals not shown here, please list them in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Starlet by Cora Kenborn

June 18, 2020

Starlet by Cora Kenborn

She's my salvation and damnation.
My redemption and ruin.
The biggest mistake I'll never regret.


-- Synopsis --

Starlet by Cora Kenborn
They call me America's Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA's most infamous crime.

I'm not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.

But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won't be mine.
I'll speak her lines. I'll hit the mark. I'll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I'll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.

Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter that are essential to the storyline but may bother some readers.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46259628-starlet

Eli by Jessica Gadziala

Eli by Jessica Gadziala

If I never wanted the rage to win again, I needed to stay away from anything that triggered it.

-- Synopsis --

Eli by Jessica Gadziala
Six years on the inside gave a man a lot of time to think. And a lot of time to plan. When I got out, I was determined for things to go a different way. I never wanted to lose control and rage out again.

The only way to accomplish that, though, was to shut it all down.
Complete disconnect.

That meant no family, no friends, no links to anything attached to the man I was before.

Of course the problem was, I never factored HER into my plans. And try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to shut it down, to disconnect from her.

I had a sneaking suspicion she was going to take all my carefully constructed plans and toss them out the window, was going to force me to face up the demons inside and confront the ghosts from my past.

Those ghosts?
They wore the faces of my family.

And a confrontation with them, yeah, I had a feeling it was going to show me that I had spent six years taking action on beliefs about the demons inside. Demons that had never actually existed in the first place…

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36161136-eli

Mark by Jessica Gadziala

June 17, 2020

Mark by Jessica Gadziala

I wanted to pull her apart and see how the pieces worked. I wanted to know what made her tick the way she did. Then I wanted to put her right back into her own particular, perfect working order and enjoy the fuck out of her until the both of us were just piles of sweat and orgasm-sated, numb, tangled limbs. Then we could go from there. That seemed like a good jumping-off point.

Ryan by Jessica Gadziala

June 16, 2020

Ryan by Jessica Gadziala

...when a hot as all sin man went down on you, screwed you blind, deaf, and dumb, and then demanded you cuddle up with him, you cuddled up with him.

-- Synopsis --

Ryan by Jessica Gadziala
RYAN
She was perfect:
Sweet, smart, awkwardly adorable, and beautiful as hell.
The only problem was:
she was terrified to leave her apartment.
And, apparently, she had somehow gotten herself wrapped up with some pretty bad guys to boot.

DUSTY
He was perfect:
He was a living, breathing, walking, talking statue come to life.
But when would a man like that ever want to be with a woman who was too anxious to even walk into the hallway? Let alone go on a date with him. Or meet the family he was so close with.
That being said, he seemed interested for some reason.
So obviously, he was just as crazy as I was.
On top of that whole confusion situation, something was going on with my business partners. And things were about to go straight to hell…

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863726-ryan

Shane by Jessica Gadziala

Shane by Jessica Gadziala

Love is not unconditional. And it never should be. Everyone should know that there is only so much they can get away with before you wash your hands of their shit.

-- Synopsis --

Shane by Jessica Gadziala
I was just supposed to be laying low, keeping my head down, staying out of trouble.

And "trouble" was exactly what Shane freaking Mallick was. Knee-cap breaker, loan shark enforcer, panty-dropper. Trouble with a capital T.

And the absolute last thing I needed in my life...

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31700001-shane

Top Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR


I am brand spanking new to the world of book memes/tags. I've participated in a couple, but my consistency is sadly lacking. I finally took the time to find tags that fit me, that I can actually do, and here I am. I read all. the. time. and I'm always looking for new reads and recommendations. For this weeks theme, which is what I'm looking forward to reading this summer, I had a ton of fun finding reads and actually making a list. Fingers crossed that I actually read them!

Please feel free to tell me what you're excited about reading in the comments below (or recommend a book or two)


1. Fifth a Fury by Pepper Winters ➤ it releases today and I had it on pre-order so you know I'll be busy, right?
2. Because You Love to Hate Me anthology ➤ I bought the hardcover a while ago and I've been meaning to get to it for a while. It may not be a new release, but I'm still looking forward to reading it.
3. Broken by Cynthia Eden ➤ another book that is far from new, but I have the entire LOST series sitting on my bookshelf and I adore this author. Not a hard choice.
4. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova ➤ I just got this book in my May OwlCrate box. Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, but the story sounds amazing. I. Can't. Wait!!
5. The Beast by J.R. Ward ➤ something else that isn't new, but I've been eager to get back to this series and I'm really looking forward to it. I might even re-read some of the earlier books.


6. Joke's On You by Lani Lynn Vale ➤ it's already out, but I've read the previous books in the series and plan to read the rest of the series, so I refuse to skip a book. Even if they're all standalones.
7. Somethin' About That Boy by Lani Lynn Vale ➤ I've actually already read this one, but it is a summer release so... It releases on June 23rd.
8. Join the Club by Lani Lynn Vale ➤ releasing July 14th and I'm loving this series! This one is about Bourne & Delanie, which is a story I've been dying to read.
9. Any Day Now by Lani Lynn Vale ➤ releasing August 11th and obviously I'm an LLV fan.
10. Sicko by Amo Jones ➤ it releases August 4th and after all the hype about this book, I have to read it. Amo Jones is always good for a massive mindfuck!



Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

#ManicMonday Reads for June 15th

June 15, 2020


Hosted by: Book Date
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

The Sun and Her Star by Dylan Allen

June 13, 2020

The Sun and Her Star by Dylan Allen

I look down at the top of Apollo’s head. Her daddy must have been really smart giving her that name. Because she’s just like the sun. She chases away the dark. She lights me up and makes me worth looking at.

Fourth a Lie by Pepper Winters

Fourth a Lie by Pepper Winters

Right now, love was an idea, a promise, a word. It could be snatched away as quickly as we’d conjured it.

#FreebieFriday for June 12th

June 12, 2020


I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a deal on books. ALWAYS! And I really can't pass up a free book. I have a page dedicated to the free books listed on Amazon, which I update pretty regularly, but most books that are free stay free for an unlimited length of time. However, there are those treasures that are only there for a couple of days up to a week. So I'm bringing those deals to you.

These books were free at the time of this post. If you happen to know of any deals not shown here, please list them in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Third a Kiss by Pepper Winters

June 10, 2020

Third a Kiss by Pepper Winters

It might not have been instant-love when we’d met, but it had been instant-something. And for the first time, I wanted to fight for that instead of killing it.

Twice a Wish by Pepper Winters

June 09, 2020

Twice a Wish by Pepper Winters

I only wanted to kiss Sully.
Not this man.
Not Scott.
Not anyone.
Just Sully.

Once a Myth by Pepper Winters

June 08, 2020

Once a Myth by Pepper Winters

...there was a time for violence and a time for patience. Only a few could balance the righteous heat with cold calculation.

Release + Review ➤ HEART THIEF BY KER DUKEY


Title: Heart Thief
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: June 8, 2020
My Review: https://bit.ly/30iZUKx



Monsters come in many forms.

Some want shiny new toys to play with—others want blood.

Mona Walters dreams of adventure, of a world beyond the shoreline she’s confined to. She yearns for vibrancy in her dull, mundane existence, but succumbs to the bleakness.

Until the necklace her sister wore the night she was brutally murdered shows up on her door wrapped in a neat bow, fueling her to run away and seek out the person responsible for stealing her sister’s life.

Mona wished for more—for color in her gray world.

What she didn’t realize was just how much more she would get.

And that the world outside her own was soaked in red—blood red.

The world she dreamed of is made of nightmares.