Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

Out: September 13th

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAs the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them . . . until, suddenly, he gives in.

As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm.


The Talented Mr. Rivers is the second book after Mr. and Mr. Smith, which I loved. I was very excited to be accepted to review Mr. Rivers after highly enjoying the story and relationship in Smith. While this book focuses on a new couple, you still get to see the two men behind Smith, which is always fun in companion novels.

As for Mr. Rivers, this book is about Hunter and Will Rivers, who both appear in Smith, though Hunter far more. This book, though, takes place soon after the end of Smith so you definitely should read both to really get to know all the key players and how that leads to the story line in Mr. Rivers. Hunter is part of a German organization who has infiltrated the Rivers family, believing them to be involved in really evil and bloody work. While pretending to a bodyguard, he eventually meets the youngest Rivers sibling, Will, and finds himself immediately attracted.

Neither Will nor Hunter act on their feelings until Mr. Rivers and it's definitely steamy. There is plenty of sex scenes and sensual moments between the two men, but there is also much more to the story, which I appreciate. Two people are after Will, and neither care too much if they have to kill him in the end. Hunter is trying to bring down the operation the Rivers family runs, but he's also still immensely attracted to and starting to care for Will, so he wants to keep him safe. The two men have many secrets between them, though Hunter has the most, as he knows more about Will from his job than Will knows about him. For example, Hunter is not his real name. That's a small thing compared to everything else, but it's something the two have to work through, especially in the middle of a serious operation.

Again, I don't want to go on too much about the specific details. Just know that this is a sexy, fast-paced, and action-filled novel! Highly recommended!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Blogoversary Giveaway #2: Reader's Tote Bag

As many of you already know, August is my Blogoversary month and I have been blogging for the past 9 years. I wanted to celebrate with a couple of different giveaways. You can find my first giveaway in the top left hand corner of the blog. There is also a couple more days to enter the HP Solar Light giveaway on Leave a Mark Auctions - link in the upper right hand corner.

NOW, though, I'm happy to offer up a fun reader's tote bag that was donated by the wonderful TrishaJenn from trishajennreads - go follow her!

Most of the entries for this giveaway involve you following TrishaJenn in some way in honor of her donating this tote bag for giveaway. Please do follow in as many ways as you can/want!

Open To: U.S. only, I'm afraid (unless you want to pay shipping!)

Closes: Friday, September 16

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"You Read Too Much Is Not an Insult" - when offered to choose what I wanted to give away, I immediately loved this phrase and then TrishaJenn even let me choose the item, so I went with a tote because I think most of us love these and could always use more. I wish I could enter!

Unsuitable by Samantha Towle Cover Reveal

Alicia here, with the cover reveal for Samantha Towle's new book. I can't wait to get my hands on this! 


(P.S.: Sorry this is up so late, it was supposed to be up yesterday, but I literally spent the entire day getting my hair done, so yeah. Haha.)


From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new sexy, romantic suspense  standalone  novel...

Daisy Smith has spent eighteen months of her life paying for a crime she didn’t commit. Now out of prison, she has only one focus—to get back custody of her younger brother, Jesse, who is deep in the foster care system. Desperate to rebuild her life and show the system that she is responsible enough to care for Jesse, she takes on the only job available to her—working as a maid at the Matis Estate.

On day one of her new job, Daisy meets Kastor Matis, the only son of the owners and her new boss. An enigmatic, handsome Greek god of a man, Kas is closed off, cold, and…well, kind of a bastard.

The more time Daisy spends around Kas, she starts to see there might be more to him than just his cold, bastard ways. He may actually have a heart beating in that frozen chest of his.

But Kas has secrets, too. Secrets that he’s determined to keep.

Secrets make Daisy curious.

And you know what curiosity can do…

Releases October 1
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Cover Designed By: Najla Qamber Designs

About the Author

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since. 


She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians. 

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Say It Right by A.M. Arthur

Say It Right by A.M. Arthur

Due Out: September 12th 

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAfter his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he's giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he's sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn't seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant's absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he's in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he'd never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he's always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.

ReviewSay It Right is the second book in the All Saints series, but they are companion novels focusing on a different couple in each one. I do recommend reading Come What May first though, so you get all of the background information needed to fully understand Say It Right. 

I liked Come What May, despite it not being my most favorite. However, I was excited to read Say It Right and I'm so happy that I did because it was even better, in my opinion, than the first book. Say It Right focuses on Marc, who helps run an LGBT Homeless Shelter for Teens, and his childhood friend, Anthony. Marc was kicked out of his home when he was a teenager because he told his parents he was gay. Since that moment, he has not seen or heard from Anthony. When the two are reunited as adults, things have definitely changed in some ways. Marc is still attracted to Anthony, but Anthony has been on drugs off and on for years, not able to stay clean for long.

I don't want to go into too much detail about Marc and Anthony's pasts and experiences, because that makes up a large part of the book. I won't say it's important for these things to be a secret, as suspected a lot of what was to come, but it's still nice to read it instead of me just telling you. Anyway, I really loved both Marc and Anthony. The two of them had been through some rough things in the past, but they were friends who wanted to reconnect...and maybe even become more than friends.

I appreciated the realistic nature of this book. Anthony wants to be clean, but it's not easy. They want to be together, but Marc doesn't know if he can trust Anthony. There is a lot more to deal with than in a normal, everyday relationship and I think that Arthur handled all of this well. When the two made strides forward, it felt real, especially because there were steps backwards too. 

As for more All Saints books, I'd love to have them! I'm not sure if there will be a third or not, but it would be most welcome from me. I also wouldn't say no to more Marc and Anthony!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Womanizer by Katy Evans Cover Reveal

Alicia here, with all of the information about Katy Evan's next book!! Eeeeeeeee! Katy is one of my top favorite authors, and her first hero, Remy, is at the top of my book boyfriends list. Anyways, this cover!!!




Womanizer by Katy Evans

Series: Manwhore #5 

Release Date: December 5th, 2016 

Genre: Contemporary Romance



You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!

We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more. 

But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.

Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all. 

The chemistry was amazing. 

The laughs were incredible.

 I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before. 

But sex was as far as I'd go. 

Just sex because he was too irresistible. 

Just sex because I wouldn't be falling for him. 

Just sex because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret. 

He wasn't the One. 

He was just a womanizer.

 But for a time, he would be mine.

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BloggingforBooks; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryDave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know,almost


I watched a lot of MTV when I was younger, especially when TRL was popular (Total Request Live) where VJ's announced the top ten videos of the day and celebrities stopped by to be interviewed or play games. Despite watching TRL and other shows on MTV, I have to admit that I didn't recognize the name Dave Holmes. Maybe he wasn't on as much when I really started watching, but at any rate, he was an MTV VJ for a bit and then moved around helping out with other non-music related MTV shows.

Reading his memoir was a lot of fun though because each chapter is is name of a song and it chronicles Dave's life from before MTV to afterwards, when he had left the company and moved on to something new. Holmes is a great writer and he infuses a lot of humor into most of his stories. There are some more serious tales though, like being a young worker in NYC when 9/11 happened - this was his pre-MTV days. I find these stories interesting, as someone who was alive during 9/11. We all have that story of "where were you?"

As Dave is a gay man, I appreciated how he incorporated that in stories. He writes about being in the closet until college and how he tries to make it safer for other kids at his religious college to come out. He talks about his first boyfriend and others, until he tells you the story of meeting "the one" near the end of the book. This is definitely a book about Dave and his life and not just a who's who at MTV, so you should know that before you dive in. It's still an enjoyable memoir though and I appreciate it.

Finally, I want to mention the little extras that Holmes includes between some of the 21 chapters. Some of these are themed song lists, while another gives you a little inside information on some MTV guests - for those of you who like the juicy Celeb stories!

All in all, definitely a good one.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beyond Reading: Aerial Silks with Katrina

Beyond Reading is a feature where book bloggers/lovers show off what they like to do besides read! If you want to be featured, leave a comment or otherwise get in touch! 


Hi all! I am Katrina, I have occasionally blogged but right now most of my bookish thoughts are simply being spread over the internet through my twitter @RinaReadsBooks

So when people ask me what I do in my spare time I sometimes laugh at them. Between working part time in a care home for people with intellectual disabilities and taking classes towards my Bachelor's of Social Work I don’t always have a lot of free time at all. However, when I think back there have been two activities that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of them is reading and seeing as this is a feature called “Beyond Reading” I’m sure you can guess I am going to be talking about the other one.

I started dancing when I was about two years old, and right away through high school I continued to take classes in ballet, tap, lyrical and musical theater. When I moved away for university at 17 it was hard to continue taking classes so I took a break. For three and a half years I didn’t have my dance outlet so I started looking for something to fill the void. Finally I found a place that offered aerial classes including hammock, hoop, and silks as well as pole dancing.  I took an aerial hammock class and a pole dancing class before trying aerial silks and absolutely falling in love with it. 

I still remember on the first day of class my instructor looking at us and saying the first thing we were going to learn was how to climb the silks. I also remember thinking she was absolutely crazy. Still, I tried it and lo and behold I did it. Not right to the top that first day, but it was something. Coming from a dance background so much of my power and strength was in my legs so it was a workout to get my upper body conditioned to be able to pull myself up.

I knew it would be hard to find a studio that compared to where I danced growing up so finding something that satisfied my dance itch felt amazing. Since starting nearly two years ago I have done things I didn’t think possible. I have been able to perform with my new studio and made friends I never would have met outside of aerial silks.  I have progressed through the beginner and intermediate classes along with taking several conditioning classes, flexibility classes and my absolute favourite, a choreography class.

This is a video from my very first student showcase! I was pretty proud as I choreographed the entire thing on my own, and it was the first thing I had ever done that for. I have done more things that I like better since then, but I always like to go back and remember where I started!

It had also enabled me to keep in shape! I am horrible at following an exercise plan on my own. Going to classes gave me that conditioning as well as the slight motivation to condition on my own to hit moves I struggled with such as working my abs to be able to control my aerial invert. 

(I worked for a solid 2 ½ hours one afternoon just to get this move down)
I think the biggest thing about why I love aerial silks so much is it makes me happy. I always look forward to going to classes, I want to go in for practice times and meet ups to learn as much as I can. Sadly due to work I haven’t been able to take a class since last August. I’ve just been practicing on my own, but I am so excited to get back to classes again in the fall! One day I would love to teach, but for right now I need to put my time into school!