Thirsty Thursday (5 & 6): Girl Crush & Steamiest Kiss

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

Due to such a busy schedule at work last week, I wasn’t able to write my post. So this week, I’m doing double-duty and posting last week’s and this week’s picks together.

 

#5: GIRL CRUSH

10 kiss of snowGirl Crush: Sienna Lauren

Book: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Swoon Quality: the only woman who can rattle and take on Hawke, the SnowDancers’ alpha

Why: because Sienna is one tough woman, that’s why! 🙂 You can’t even begin to imagine what she has been through and that’s before she even defected from the Psy-Net. Her rare designation makes her an even bigger asset to her trainers when she was young and then a bigger threat now. She’s fiercely loyal and protective and despite being part of the Psy race, which has denounced all kinds of emotion, she feels rather deeply, for her family, for her new-found friends and pack, and for Hawke, the man who seems so out of reach.

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Review: THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

the winner's curseTitle: The Winner’s Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #1
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | TBD

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: PERSONAL TARGET by Kay Thomas

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*Kay Thomas is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for $75.00 Amazon Gift Card.

 

Personal TargetTitle: Personal Target (An Elite Ops Novel)
Author: Kay Thomas
Publishing Date: July 29, 2014 (from Avon Impulse)
Buy Links: AmazonB & N | iTunes

AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men working under the radar of most governments. If you have a problem no one else can handle, they can help.

A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn’t stop his enemies from coming after him—or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law’s best friend … a woman from Nick’s past.

One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she’s abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first “customer” arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now, as they race for their lives, passion for each other reignites and old secrets resurface. Can Nick keep the woman he loves safe against an enemy with a personal vendetta?

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (38): OF SILK AND STEAM by Bec McMaster

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

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OF SILK AND STEAM

by Bec McMaster

Release Date: March 1,  2015

When her father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge against the Duke of Caine. Leo Barrons, the Duke’s heir, has long been her nemesis, and when she discovers he’s illegitimate, she finally has leverage against the one man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

Sentenced to death for his duplicity, Leo escapes by holding Aramina captive. A woman of mystery, she’s long driven him crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something; he doesn’t know it’s the key to saving his life.

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Top Ten Tuesday (30): Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, here’s my… 

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From…

These are all for physical copies so eBooks are excluded 🙂

 

16 MARY HIGGINS CLARK. She’s one of the authors I had first obsessed over so I pretty much have everything she’s ever written except for her latest releases these past few years.

 

14 SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS. Yup, I have read every single book she’s ever written. I’m a self-confessed fangirl to the core.

 

9 JUDITH MCNAUGHT. She’s one of my first historical romance authors I’ve read so she will always have a special place on my bookshelves. I hope she gets back to writing soon.

 

7 NALINI SINGH. To say that I love Nalini Singh would be an understatement. I have a few paperbacks but mostly all eBooks but I plan on rectifying this one soon. I love the UK covers of her Psy-Changeling series so I’m going to be buying physical copies of these soon.

 

6 J.K. ROWLING. I’m missing one book because I remember borrowing it from a cousin to read. 🙂

 

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Interview, Teasers, & Giveaway: NERO by Sarah Brianne

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*Sarah is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card.

Nero Made Men CoverTitle: Nero
Series: Made Men #1
Author: Sarah Brianne
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon  |  Amazon UK | B & N  |  Kobo

Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fucking made man.

I’m just a fucking waitress.

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Interview, Excerpt, & Giveaway: THE DANGER IN TEMPTING AN EARL by Sophie Barnes

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*Avon is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for Two Copies of THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AN HEIR by Sophie Barnes + Grand Prize of (The complete Kingsborough Ball collection (autographed), a black masquerade mask, a Croft & Barrow jewelry set, a grey silk shawl, bookmarks and magnets) (US only).

 

Cover(1)Title: The Danger in Tempting An Earl
Series: At the Kingsborough Ball
Author: Sophie Barnes
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon  |  B & N

Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?
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Quote-tastic Monday (15): THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

Everyone’s welcome to join in. Authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier!

Just grab the button and toss up your post 🙂 

Don’t have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

 

THRONE OF GLASS

by Sarah J. Maas

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Sunday Post (23)

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @
Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~. It’s a chance to share News; a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

Last Week on the blog

I am so behind replying to comments and visiting blogs. It has been really hectic at work since we had an event organized for last Friday. It was a good thing I learned how to pre-schedule my posts. So if I haven’t checked out your blogs or replied to your comments, I’m really sorry. But since we successfully concluded Friday’s event, I’ll be back with a vengeance. LOL 🙂 meaning, I’ll be able to check out your comments and visit you back on your blogs.

If you have time, check out my other blog, Crack-tastic Confessions.

Reviews:

Virtual Book Tours:

My weekly Memes:

 

 

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Amour et Florand: 10 Things I Love About Laura Florand’s Books

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It’s no secret at all how much I love Laura Florand’s books. I’ve raved about it often here on the blog. I have to thank Chachic @ Chachic’s Book Nook for putting this wonderfully talented author on my reading radar. I was so excited when I read that she would be organizing an event to celebrate Laura Florand and her amazing books. It has been a great week indeed, reading guest posts from authors and bloggers alike who’ve found comfort, joy, and love in her books. I know the week-long event is coming to an end soon but I can’t let it pass without having to share why I love her books.

When I first read The Chocolate Thief, although not my favorite in the series (because that would be The Chocolate Touch and The Chocolate Temptation), I remembered really enjoying reading it and thinking that it was really something different and I mean that in the most positive way. I never thought this series would mean so much to me but now I can’t imagine never getting to read these books. And so as I gush about it, let me try and explain to you why I love Laura Florand’s books and why I think you would really love them too.

 

1. Paris and other picturesque places in France. I’ve never been to France but I’ve always dreamed to traveling there. Reading about it as the setting of Laura’s books made the places feel more alive inside my head. I love that the settings in her books are like characters in the books themselves. These settings play an important role in the stories and they play it very well.

2. Chocolates and pastries. I admit wholeheartedly that I have a very sweet tooth. I’d probably pick chocolates and pastries over every other food. They’re a category all their own in my diet. And gosh, the way they’re described in Laura’s books, it’s enough to make you want to buy something sweet once you’ve start reading the books. I love how Laura makes use of these wonderful food from the gods in communicating emotions to her readers. The metaphors are just really spot-on so you get this picture of the perfect dessert and the feels from that perfect romantic moment.

3. The Heroes. How long before a reader falls for one of Laura’s heroes? How about the first three pages where you first meet him? And that might even be too long. It might be love at first sight or not but the characters of these heroes will just grab you and never let go, even after you’ve turned that last page. They’re talented, driven, passionate, dedicated and that’s just with their respective arts. When it comes to romance and the women they fall in love with, well, let’s just say they’re all those things I’ve already mentioned and then some… or more… much, much more. But what I really, really love about Laura’s heroes and what I think really sets her books apart from the others is that she’s able to write about these amazing men who, while still having that alpha thing going on, can still feel vulnerable, and hurt, and unsure, and a complete softy. These do not take away from their strong personalities but actually endear them to readers more.

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