Down the TBR Hole | #5

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Round 5!! If you want to see the first few rounds of this tag, check here: 1 2 3 4

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This tag was created by Lost in A Story. Be sure to go and check out her blog!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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1. WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen

I was a huge Sarah Dessen fan back in the day and I think this is one of her older releases that I never got to. To be honest, I think I have actually read this but I don’t remember a single thing so I’m just going to say it’s never been read.

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2. THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

Yet another by the contemporary queen that I haven’t read!

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3. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall

I was really interested in this contemporaty a few years ago because the premise is different. It’s a love story but told in the perspective of animate and inanimate objects. I’ve since heard mixed things about it and it’s simply not at the top of my radar anymore.

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4. FORBIDDEN by Tabatha Suzuma

I was really interested in this taboo YA novel but now I’m just meh on it. I’m not going to go out of my way to read it but if I happen upon it at the library or something once my personal TBR is down, then maybe. I’m probably gonna be super grossed out by it.

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5. THE NATURE OF JADE by Deb Caletti

Caletti is another one of my favorite contemporary authors back when I was in high school. I could have sworn I read this one also but I can’t remember. I’ve heard this was a really great and accurate representation for anxiety, something I suffer from, so I’m really intrigued by it.

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6. THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

I’m not a huge fan of fae novels so I’m going to toss this one. Again, might pick it up once my current TBR has been lowered but it’s not something I’m dying to get to.

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7. THE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES by Wendy Wunder

I’m not dying to get to this one, but it does sound interesting and I do physically own this book so I’m going to keep this one.

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8. WATERFALL by Lisa Tawn Bergren

I had to refresh my memory and reread the synposis because I had absolutely no idea what this book was. After reading, it’s a historical time travel book which ya’ll know I am ALWAYS here for.

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9. SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

I have absolutely no idea what this is and I frankly don’t care.

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10. THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney

It sounds interesting but it’s not something I’m dying to get to.

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I’ve tossed 5 books again! I’m really enjoying getting rid of more books off of my never-ending TBR. A few of these I had no idea what they were even about.

 

Let me know if ya’ll are still liking this series! If you participate in something like this, share with me your posts and I would love to check them out!

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Fighting Fate by Shaila Patel | COVER REVEAL, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY

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Hiii friends! Hope you’re all doing well. Also HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! I hope you are showered with lots of chocolate and love whether it be from a signifcant other, family or yourself because you deserve it.

Today I have a little something fun for you!! I’ll be sharing with you the cover of FIGHTING FATES by Shaila Patel, which is book 2 in the Joining of Souls series. But before I unveil the gorgeous cover, I have a few surprises to share with you! One being an except from the book and another.. A GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win a Fighting Fate ARC (US only) or an E-ARC (INTL) plus a $25 Amazon e-gift card which is ALSO international. So cool!! The Rafflecopter to enter to win will be under the excerpt.

Now without further ado, here are all of the goodies!

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Under the cover of her porch, I returned her bag to her. We moved apart. With the connection broken, she let out a shuddering sob. The pain of separating from her hit me square in the chest. I wanted to hold and comfort her, but I was already making a dog’s dinner of this just by being here. This would set her back—set us both back.

She turned away from me. Her hand shot up to her mouth, and her shoulders shook. I instinctively stepped forward, but all I could do was curl my fingers into my palms to keep from touching her.

“I miss you so much, Liam,” she said, the words choked out between hoarse cries. “I’m sorry. I know I’m not supposed to be weak.” She slapped away her tears and turned to face me. A bolt of lightning cracked nearby. I couldn’t stay. The tingling was pulling us together like it was some sort of magnetic current.

“You’re not weak. I miss you too, Lucky.”

Her eyes grew cold in an instant. The fury of the sandstorm I sensed from her made me gasp, and I stumbled back. “Jaysus, Lucky.” We were crossing interpretations again. I was reading her emotions as air metaphors instead.

She barreled toward me, her hands balled up, apparently unaware of the effect her anger had on me. “You have no right to miss me. You left me!” She beat her fists against my chest, and I had to grab her by the wrists to stop her.

“Are you thinkin’ this has been easy for me?”

She wriggled free from my grip. “Whose fault is that?” she yelled above a roll of thunder. I didn’t want her to see the pain on my face, so I turned away, holding myself up on the white, wooden railing. The whirlpool of her anguish surrounded me, making my head ache.

I took a deep breath and lowered my voice. “Lucky, I broke my promises to you. For that, I’m truly sorry. But I had little enough choice. None of that changes my feelings for you.”

“I’m not The One, so it’s time to move on. Is that it? Regardless of how you feel? Of how I feel?” Her voice cracked. “You’re a coward.”

I heard her fumbling for her keys. She’d be inside soon, and I’d rather be fighting with her on the porch than be without her.

“So where next, hmm?” she asked. “North Dakota? Vermont? Ooo, I know. You should go to India. You could play this game for the rest of your life!”

I turned to face her. Her sarcasm was brutal, but I deserved all that and more.

She tried to unlock her door, but the keys slipped from her grip. She stooped to pick them up, but her fingers were shaking so badly, she dropped them again.

“Dammit!” She crouched a second time and sucked back another sob.

I swept down and set my hands over hers to steady them. Taking the keys, I unlocked the door, followed her inside, and bundled her in a blanket from off the sofa. Lucky didn’t protest. We stood there, dripping water on her mum’s carpet, staring into each other’s eyes. Grabbing fistfuls of the covering around her neck, I gently rocked her, tugging her closer, fighting the craving to kiss her. My breaths came out fast and shallow, and only clinging to the material with both hands kept me from sneaking a touch of her soft skin. If I didn’t leave now, I’d stay because I didn’t have an ounce of the strength she had. Maybe I was the coward she’d accused me of being.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY ON RAFFLECOPTER. 

Also don’t forget to answer the question in the comments!
WOULD YOU RISK DEATH (metaphorically of course) TO JOIN YOUR SOUL MATE? 
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Shaila_Patel_3x4.5As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut novel and the first book in the Joining of Souls Series, was the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. Book 2, FIGHTING FATE releases April 2018. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

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And now the moment you’ve all be waiting for…

THE COVER OF FIGHTING FATE!

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Isn’t it gorgeous and electrifying? Hehe 😉

 

Thank you everyone for checking out the cover of Shaila Patel’s newest book! Hopefully ya’ll enjoyed this and are looking forward to the contiuation of this series! Good luck on the giveaway and don’t forget to add SOULMATED and FIGHTING FATE to your Good Reads!

 

 

The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney | ARC Review & Blog Tour

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THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

HTDAD TCH BN KoboWell, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.

This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.

When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

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She perks up. “Wait, you’ve never had a back massage?”

“No?”

“Ever?”

“Nope.”

“Well, what the hell? How can I, in good conscience, lie here letting you rub my back when you’ve never had anyone rub yours?” She scoots over, pointing to the mattress. “Lie on your stomach, I’ll do you first.”

I wave my hands in front of me in protest. The last thing I need is her warm hands roaming my body. “No, no, you don’t have to. It’s not a big deal.”

“Are you crazy? Back massages are the best—like, better than an orgasm. You’re first, so lie down.”

“And you call me the bossy one?”

“Quit stalling and get on the bed.”

Obediently, I climb to the middle of my bed in nothing but a pair of gym shorts, legs hanging off the side. Next to me, the mattress dips, Anabelle on her knees, approaching my side.

A finger glides down my spine. “It will be easier for me to do this if I’m sitting on you. Hope that’s okay.”

“Is that the approved method?”

“No, but my arms will get tired if I have to lean over you the whole time.”

“Do whatever then, I don’t care.”

I stiffen when Anabelle swings one leg over my body, straddling my ass. Warm palms at my lower back.

“You’re so tense. Try to relax,” she coos, making it worse. “Tilt your head to the side, that’s it.”

I hear the lotion bottle snap open. Click closed. My roommate’s palms rubbing together, warming it up. “Sorry, I don’t have any actual massage oil. This will have to do.”

When her hands make contact with my back, I almost groan it feels so fucking good. Warm. Smooth. Pressure in all the right places, pushing gently into my muscles.

Slowly.

Slower still, caressing along my shoulders, thumbs and fingers working together to soothe the burning on my right side.

“Doesn’t this feel great?” Her soft voice cuts into the silence. “You’re loosening up. That’s good.”

I feel her leaning as her hands move up and down my spine until they stop, hovering at the base of my neck. Thumbs stroking the skin below my hairline, back and forth.

Kneading.

Her torso dips, hands maneuvering my arms, placing them at my sides. Palms slide up and down my biceps.

For several minutes, she rubs my arms and shoulders. Then she skims down my ribcage unhurriedly, in no rush, making little humming sounds inside her throat.

I know I’m not imagining the feather-light way her hands drift down my spine. I remain still, letting her touch me, basking in it.

Remain still when her lips kiss the tender spot of my shoulder where it meets my neck, nose nuzzling behind my ear, her breasts rubbing against my back and what the fuck was that all about? What does she think she’s doing, trying to drive me insane?

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Oh boy. This book gave me the feels all over the place. Safe to say that I have found a new favorite New Adult author.

THE COACHING HOURS is the 4th and final book in the HOW TO DATE A DOUCHEBAG companion series by Sara Ney. I honestly didn’t know that it was the 4th in the series whenever I first started it, but it didn’t affect the story for me in anyway. But I am kind of upset that I read the final book of a series but haven’t read the first 3. Hehe, whoops.

To be fair, I think the term “douchebag” in this scenario is completely unfair for our main male character, Elliot. He is one of the sweetest, most mature guys I’ve read in probably any NA book. He’s got a good head on his shoulders, treats my girl Anabelle great and he’s super focused on school and about making a good career out of himself. LOVE. HIM.

But the main star of this story is definitely Anabelle Donnelly aka Coach Donnelly’s daughter. She is off bounds for just about every guy on campus according to dear ole Dad, but after Superhero Elliot saves drunken damsel Anabelle from a party one night and takes care of her, their friendship slowly blossoms into a beautiful relationship.

There are so many things that happen in this story that makes me so happy but you’ll have to find out for yourselves. THE COACHING HOURS had one of my most favorite, precious endings that I’ve ever read that had me on the verge of tears. I fell completely in love with these characters and Ney’s writing that I’m desperate to devour more of her work.

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Contemporaryathon TBR | 2018

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Oh hi, hello! Sorry I took an unannounced hiatus from the blogging world. I had some personal things come up and was taking some time off but I’m feeling ready to come back now!! Hopefully ya’ll didn’t miss me too much. 😉 😉

Contemporatyathon is a week-long readathon hosted by Booktubers Julie @ Pages and Pens, Chelsea @ ChelseaDolling Reads and Natasha @ My Reading is Odd (I love her channel name.) It will be running from February 12-18th with their drunk live show airing on Feb 17th at 9PM EST on Julie’s channel. Hope ya’ll join along!! This is going to be super fun.

I had an amazing start for 2018, which I shall do a wrap up for soon, so I figured a readathon would be the perfect thing to keep the momentum going. All of these books on my TBR are ones that I have been dying to get since I came in possession over them and I’m super excited to finally get around to reading them!

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eliza and her monsters

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under rose tainted skies

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lucky in love

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the good girl

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Let me know if you’re also participating in this readathon and link me your blog post or video showing your TBR! ❤

 

 

 

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry | ARC Review & Excerpt

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Thank you so much to Inkslinger & Harlequin Teen for providing me with an early copy of SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME by Katie McGarry and allowing me to be a part of this review tour! All opinions are my own.

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9780373212378.inddWhen Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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EXCERPT

ELLISON

The sights and sounds of the midway fade, and all I hear is buzzing. I close my eyes as more pissed-off tears fill my eyes.  Why won’t they go away?

“You okay?” a guy asks.

I open my eyes and focus on the ground. My eyes are red, I know they are. I can feel the puffiness of my skin. I take a deep breath, look up to explain I’m okay, and freeze.

Holy hell. It’s the boy from Whack-A-Mole. He’s so much more breathtaking this close, and I have no idea how that’s possible.

“Are those guys bothering you?” he asks.

My forehead furrows.  Yes, they are, but telling him the truth and inviting him into my problems seems wrong.  

“Since you’re so talkative, I’ll start the conversation,” he says. “If you want to get rid of those guys then stand here and talk to me, and I’ll stand here and talk to you. You can smile like you know me because it’s tough to make me smile, and it will seem fake. Then I can try to win you a stuffed animal. Won’t be a snake, but it will do. Those losers will catch on we’re friends. Eventually, they’ll keep walking, and then they’ll return to their loser frat house where they’ll play with themselves for the rest of the night because they don’t know how to properly talk to a girl.”

I blink because all thought processes have taken a mini break. Either that or I’m having a stroke.

“Just a smile. Maybe a few mumbled words. Tell me anything. Doesn’t have to be poetic. Just your lips moving in my direction without your current blank expression.”

I blink again, many times, as the sights, sounds and smells of the midway blast back as if someone had pushed the play button on my life. I flash the perfectly practiced public smile I’ve used too many other times in my life.

“I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.”

The right side of his mouth tips up, and my eyes narrow on him. “I thought you didn’t smile easily.”

“I have a twisted sense of humor, and I didn’t think a girl like you could make me laugh. You’ve done it twice now. That’s a record for the past year.”

I bristle, still on the dangerous edge of anger. “A girl like me?”

“Yeah, one that’s out of my league. Listen, if you want to get out of this situation without it escalating, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll take a step back, and you can do whatever you need. I’m all about helping, but I’m not looking to get into a fight. Your call on how this goes down, but if it’s violence, you’re on your own.”

He says he doesn’t want to partake in violence, but there’s an essence about him that says he could drop anyone at any time and do it without breaking a sweat.

He’s looking at me, I’m looking at him, and the flutter in my chest returns.

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REVIEW

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME is the first novel I’ve read by Katie McGarry but it definitely won’t be the last. I’m a sucker for YA contemporary, especially for the more realistic, raw, heart-tugging plots. This book hit every one of my expectations.

We follow Drix, a teenage felon on the wrong side of the tracks and Ellison, the governor’s daughter who is made out to be the perfect Southern belle. When these two characters meet, their chemistry is undeniable. They know they shouldn’t be together, that it would be wrong, but they care for each other. They fall in love with not only the person who they are but also the person that they know they can become to be. And to me, that’s beautiful.

I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this book, granted some of it isn’t healthy. I love how Drix’s family aren’t all bioligcally related, which goes to show that you don’t have to share the same blood in order to be considered family. The way his brother, Axle, will let anyone who needs a safe place to live stay with him, even though they don’t have much money or barely any room for themselves in their small one bedroom house is amazing. This family is not about to let the troubled people from their past destroy any hope for them to have an amazing and bright, successful future ahead of them.

Which leads me to Elle’s parents who seem to be doing everything but that. I understand having supportive parents but there is a fine line between support and control. I couldn’t help but feel so awful for Elle while she was trying to make a career path for herself and was working hard to do what she loved, only to have her parents tell her no and that her time is better worth spent helping them on a political campaign. Now I’m not expert considering I have no children, but shouldn’t parents be wanting the best for their kids and helping them pursue their dreams instead of holding them back for selfish reasons? That really got me.

Overall, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME is a heart-wrenching, make you wanna sob your eyes out kind of book but it’s so worth the read and I highly recommend that you pick this up as soon as possible.

Again, thank you so much to Inkslinger, Harlequin Teen and Katie McGarry for providing me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

 

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