Week in Review – 10/18/13

Week In Review Books

Welcome to our second Week in Review. Each week, we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. We’ll tell you what we love and what falls short for us, too. And we’ll recap the Book Tours and Giveaways that are going on, as well as let you know the Book Reviews we’ve posted over the last week, just in case you missed anything. Without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Kassiah: I feel like I’ve been crazy busy with reading this week! I started off the week with Lauren Dane’s Drawn Together. It’s the first book I’ve read by her but definitely won’t be the last. I also read Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman (♥) and RAW by Jo Davis, both of which we posted reviews for here. You guise, RAW had such an interesting idea–we meet the heroine and an undercover FBI agent suitor in this book. In the second book, , which is out on November 19, we get to know the next guy. And then, readers get to vote for who they want her to end up with and we find out in March who she chooses. This is like a long-awaited Choose Your Adventure Book from when we were kids. Does anyone remember those?

OMG PEETAAlso, thanks to Meg, I’ve been looking at this for days and days and it never. gets. old.

Meg: I have had a week filled with nothing by YA goodness. I am finishing up join!) and also reading , but with the movie coming out I feel like I need to read CF now. Am I the only one who hasn’t read them all?

Kass- I had totally forgotten about those books! I love the whole concept of making the book interactive with the readers. Although I would be PISSED at everyone if they didn’t vote for who I wanted. :)

Sandi: Kassiah, I totally remember those books and I am really interested in how that works out for Jo Davis!

Well, I confess I’ve been spending most of my time this week reading the classic – An All’s Fair in Love novella by Erin Knightley. I’m not quite half way through, but I’m really liking the hero (He seems like a good guy and it’s always a bonus, isn’t it, when we get to hear how he really feels?) and even the heroine seems to be a reasonable, sensible human being at this point. Stubborn, but that’s to be expected.

However, so far, I am finding too many clichés and – what is worse – anachronistic terminology that drag me out of the story. I am sticking with it, though, because I really want to know how Our Hero and Heroine get her out of her predicament!

Meg: I LOVE THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. (The movie and the book!!!)

Betsy: Oh wow. *waves at Meg and Sandi I read that a looooonnnnggg time ago, but loved it (and yes the movie too). And Kass, I love the idea of interactive reading. I will have to catch up with that one.

I, too, have had a busy week, but managed to get some reading done. So those of you who know me, (and those who don’t will figure this out pretty quickly) know that I am continuing my current obsession with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I am on book 6, . We find our couple still in the wilds of western North Carolina, still struggling to walk the line between the Loyalists and the increasingly vocal rebel groups. The winds of war are causing lots of rough water at the moment. In other news we got lots of set pics from the series as it’s being filmed in Scotland this week. Flail central=me. The actor playing Jamie, Sam Heughan, got his red hair and it looks soooo good.

I finished the book I talked about last week, . Plus hot kilted guy. :-)

Lest you think I only read historical and/or books with kilts involved, I did read a smutty little novella called by Lolita Lopez. It’s adult paranormal with a shifter story line about dragons. The male character, Stig definitely meets steamy guidelines, both literally and figuratively as he is a fire breathing dragon who is in a mating cycle. There was definitely steam involved and probably the only real criticism I have is that it was short and I wanted a bit more.

My other book obsession is apocalyptic story lines. Of course, my favorite involve zombies (because well, Daryl Dixon/Norman Reedus… need I say more) but I’ll take a good plague or superflu in lieu. This one looks to be a fast paced thriller with different plot arcs, set in and around Atlanta. It’s called unsurprisingly by Buzz Bernard. Will let you know if I find a steamy guy. *crosses fingers*

Kassiah: My rob, I love The Count of Monte Cristo. The book was amazing of course, but the movie…gah!

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{Tour} Grab Your Pole Series by Jenn Cooksey

Grab Your Pole by Jenn Cooksey Tour

We can’t wait to let you know all about the Contemporary New Adult Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey. Keep reading to find out more about the series and enter the awesome giveaway!
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{Review} RAW by Jo Davis

Contemporary
Pages: 80
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Our Rating: three-stars
Torn Between Two Lovers is a gripping and sexy romance trilogy with a unique twist: Our heroine needs your help to decide who wins her heart… RAW introduces this sizzling new series, in which two enticing men will vie for Anna’s heart—culminating in a choice that will be determined by reader vote!

Anna Claire is a prominent restaurateur, the toast of New York. She’s not one to let down her guard, but her new prep chef is gorgeous enough to cause her to break her own rules, and soon she’s tearing up the sheets with Grayson James. More than that, she’s falling in love.

Until she discovers that Grayson is no chef. He’s an FBI agent investigating a drug ring he suspects is using her restaurant. Anna is shattered to learn she was just part of his cover.

The case means everything to Gray, right until the moment he loses what matters the most—not his intended target, but Anna. Gray is devastated when the woman he loves learns of his betrayal. Especially with his greatest enemy all too eager to take advantage of her…

So, will you join #TeamGrayson or #TeamJoaquin?

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{Review} Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman

Contemporary
Pages: 240
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Our Rating: four-stars
Faking it with this flirt never felt so real...

Kagan Owens has a secret. One she thought she’d escaped by leaving New York, but when her past follows her to her temporary new life, Kagan lets a teeny lie slip. And now the town’s biggest playboy and flirt, Shane Sullivan, has become her pretend boyfriend—just until she’s ready to return to NYC. But the handsome, fun-loving Shane makes it tough to determine where their friendly agreement begins and ends…

Shane has no intention of settling down—in fact, his job depends on it, and nothing’s more important than his work. Still, he can’t help but agree to Kagan’s scheme, if only to find out more about the mysterious beauty. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire, he realizes playing an accidental boyfriend may be more than this he bargained for—and more than he can give.

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