Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review/Playlist: My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon

My Paper Heart
Magan Vernon
Release Date: August 1st, 2012
( Barnes & Noble / Amazon )
There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.
Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby's feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine's reluctance to say the 'L' word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.

**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**

*An eARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* 

:Review:
I wasn't sure what to expect when going into reading My Paper Heart. I have never read a book by Magan Vernon before but once I read the synopsis and saw that it was going to be classified as New Adult I knew I had to give this book a shot.

Libby isn't you typical blonde bimbo. Well, from the looks of it I guess you can say she is... flunking out of college after her first year and the sorority she was apart of could very well make you think she is a nothing more than a sorority girl with money who didn't give a rats a** to wither she passed or failed. But when her parents are more than peeved that she wasted a full year of college she is sent packing to her Great Aunts in Louisiana for a little wake up call.

I thoroughly enjoyed Libby. She was hilarious and the more you get to know her the more you know she isn't the blonde bimbo everyone in her sorority though she was. She is hilarious and along the way find herself amongst the southern charm she was so against when she was sent away. I love the connection she forged with her cousin Brittany and it really helped the reader see that Libby is way more than meets the eye. And don't you dare get me started on Blaine. Ladies, Blaine is that sexy southern man that we all dream about, not to mention completely and totally hilarious in everything he says. Swoon!

There wasn't a major WOW factor for me in how this book was delivered or finished, but I did enjoy how I got my complete ending. That is the one thing that pushes me away from books now a days, especially indie books. Finishing way too soon and with not enough substance. But this book hit the nail on the head and ended great. If you are looking for something that isn't too smexy and just the right amount of swoonage then I MUST suggest that you pick this read up. I know you ladies will fall for Blaine just the way I did. ; ]


:Playlist:
Check out these great songs that really help the reading of this book flow. Magan Vernon went all out country for this one, but what else would you expect?! [ :

*Only Prettier* -Miranda Lambert-
*I Never Told You* -Colbie Calliat-
*Cowboy Cassanova* -Carrie Underwood-
*God Bless The Broken Road* -Rascall Flatts-
*Home* -Michael Buble-
*Pour Some Sugar On Me* -Def Leppard-
*Hell on The Heart* -Eric Church-
*Picture to Burn* -Taylor Swift-
*Ladies Love Country Boys* -Trace Adkins-
*Boondocks* -Little Big Town-
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 So overall, you guys have to check this one out! Either click on those links above and buy this sucker up, or head on over to goodreads and add it to you to be read list today!! Oh, and enjoy the playlist for those of you who read the book, I know I did. Say hello to Blaine for me.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Cover Reveal: Empty Net [Assassins #3] by Toni Aleo

Hello all!

So jumping right back into blogging is just what I need to get this week started. And I think I just may have a little something to get your week going as well. If you remember, I am a pretty dang big Toni Aleo fan. Her books pretty much made me realize that I was a fool for not paying attention to those studly sexy hockey players I saw on ESPN. Well today you get to see her cover for Empty Net the third book in her Assasins series. And let me tell you all, its steaming hot. Want a peak?




...Drum Roll Please...



Empty Net [Assasins #3]
Toni Aleo
Expected Release Date: September 11th, 2012
Definition of an Empty Net: When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.
Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.
She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.
Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.
Tate Odder had lost everything.
After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanly Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.
But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.
Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?
Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?
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Sounds pretty much amazing right? Well if the synopsis got your heart beating then you are going to want to run up to Toni and give her a big ol hug and kiss when you find out you can read the full first chapter of Empty Net right here.

Yeah! I said the full first chapter! And not only do you get that, but an amazing playlist to go along with your reading adventure! Toni really is amazing isn't she?!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Coming back...With a new look on blogging.

Hello all you wonderful bloggers/readers out there.

I have a feeling some of you may be a bit taken aback at seeing me blogging again, since I have been gone since about May or so. I feel like before tomorrows cover reveal for Toni Aleo's third book Empty Net goes up I should give you guys a bit of an update. Really...just explaining why I stopped and just dropped off the face of the blogosphere.

Blogging became too much too fast for me. I got all excited and took on all these books and got overwhelmed, and when I found out I was expecting my 2nd child it just added on to my brain being overloaded [and so stinking tired!] After taking a step back from blogging and finding my love of reading again I have come to miss my connections with all of you. Reviews felt like a chore and now, since I have stopped reviewing, I have felt a big old giant hole in my soul for not being able to get my crazy and heart stopping thoughts out of my head for a book that made me fall head over heels. I have missed fangirling over a swoon-worthy stud or freaking out over a story that I just KNEW you all had to read. So I have decided to come back, but with a bit different outlook on how I want to run my blog.

One of the things I missed the most when I got overwhelmed with review books was being able to read the book I want, when I want. So that being said, I have decided to tweak my review policy and take on WAY less books for review. I will probably end up doing less of the weekly meme's also. Some of them I really enjoy and I will do them off and on, but not killing myself to find a book to fit. Now, I realize that I may not be posting everyday, but I still feel like I will have something to offer you guys and a way to get out all of my book rants I have been holding in.

If you are reading this my followers, thanks for sticking by me in my long absence and I hope you stick around for what I have to offer now. I have missed all of you and most of all I have missed the giant network of book friends I have acquired. You guys are all amazing and I can't wait to start making the connections with all of you again.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and don't forget to come back here tomorrow for the cover reveal of Empty Net [Assassins #3] by Toni Aleo. Let me tell you, missing it is not something you want to do.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Trying to Score [Assassins #2] by Toni Aleo [Review/Excerpt/Giveaway]


Hello and welcome to Dreaming In The Pages! I am so glad to have you stop by today, because over the last few months I have grown extremely close and fond of this author right here. She is just pure amazing and, like her books, hard not to love. Today I am going to be giving you guys a review and a little peek at what book two, Trying to Score, has in store for you. If you missed my review of Taking Shots, the first book in the Assassins series just head on over here and check it out. But now I know I am boring you, so let's get on with it!
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Trying to Score [Assassins #2]
Toni Aleo
Release Date: April 11th 2012
Fallon Parker’s dream was to have her family’s wine company at the top of all wine magazines and to have a cellar of her own. After graduating from college, she has worked hard to make that dream a reality, even if that meant having a nonexistent love life. She had her chance at love and that was a bust, so she put everything into the wine company. After becoming the official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, Fallon finally feels like everything is falling in place, that is until Lucas Brooks comes back into her life.

Lucas Brooks hates his life. He is lonely, he is sober, and he is angry. On the ice, when he’s not in the sin bin, he the leading scorer in the NHL but off the ice, he is a mess. He threw away the most important person in his life, and has regretted it ever since but when Lucas sees Fallon again after being traded to the Assassins; he is bound and determined to get her back. Even if she wants nothing to do with him.

The sexual tension between Fallon and Lucas is electrifying as Lucas tries to convince Fallon that he is a changed man. Fallon tries to resist Lucas, but it is so hard when all her body wants is his. But when Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a huge secret from him, the game he is playing stops and penalties are called.

With new rules and new players on the ice, will Fallon and Lucas be able to work out their differences and work as a team or will they be left trying to score alone

*A copy of this book was given to me by the author for the blog tour hosted by AToMR*
 

:Thoughts/Review:

*sigh*

Yes folks. I am starting out a review with a sigh. Because 1) I can. And 2(I am in total and complete love with the second book in the Assassins series. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous as hell to pick up this book either. I was so enamored with Shea and Elli in Taking Shots I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to open up my heart to yet another Hockey stud muffin who was gunning for my heart. But alas, I was so very wrong. A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get use to the feeling.

Now, as I said, I didn’t know if I was even able to love a story as much as I did Shea and Elli’s. I KNOW Elli [I swear, she is me] and how could I love someone more than I love Shea Alder?! [I’m still not sure I actually can…] After the first chapter I had no doubt Toni was going to be blowing me away yet again. Fallon and Lucas’s story is a total 180 from what we read in Taking Shots. Like Elli, Fallon has her own sets of faults and personal problems going on, but once Lucas Brooks enters the story we notice that Fallon and Lucas’s relationship is far more intertwined than we could have first imagined. I quickly fell for the banter and quirks between these two. As Fallon was extremely slow to even warm up to Lucas, I fell for him hard and fast and couldn’t help but to cheer him on as he tried to get Fallon back into his arms.

Now, before I go all gaga over Lucas Brooks some more, I wanted to say how much I LOVED being able to see Elli and Shea in this book. It was AMAZING to get to see their story even after we thought it was ‘over’ when their book ended. Now, since that is aside, I can address how much I love how Toni sets a story up. I love that when I am done with one of her books, I feel like I’m complete. Like Taking Shots, Trying to Score was no short story. You are taking through the up’s and down’s of this relationship and you feel like once you take one step forward you take five steps back and then your heart is aching for what almost happened. Toni gets me so wrapped up in this story that once even something little happens [like Fallon coming to her senses on certain subjects] I seriously jump up in my seat and squeal out in glee. There is nothing like seeing someone completely turn around.

Fresh, new, and something completely unexpected I quickly became glued to Toni Aleo’s second work of masterpiece and, to be honest, it has actually made me start watching hockey. [Go Preds!] If you fell in love with Taking Shots, I have no doubt in my mind that you will fall for Trying to Score. There is nothing like watching a story you thought was long over, blossom and become everything you ever wished it would have been. There is also nothing like a little steam and fanning oneself either. But why are you sitting there reading the end of my review?! Shouldn’t you be rushing out to go buy this?! Oh, and be sure to say hello to Lucas Brooks for me. I have a feeling you two will get along swimmingly.
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:Excerpt:
“So how long have you guys been together?” Lucas asked. Lucas’ eyes watered from trying to keep in his laughter, and Fallow swore if she could hit him, she would.
“Together?” Rob asked looking over at Fallon.
Acting before thinking - not one of her best traits - Fallon nodded before leaning up and placing her lips on Rob’s. It was only for a second but it felt like an hour because everything went quiet around her. Lucas stopped laughing and Rob froze underneath her lips. She swore the whole room stopped, but really it didn’t. Oh gosh, this just kept getting worse by the minute.
When she pulled back, she smiled up at Rob’s shocked face and said, “A long time, right honey?”
Fallon glanced over at Lucas, one of his eyebrows was arched as his face quirked up on one side. It made Fallon’s heart skip a beat since it was the exact same smile Aiden would give her when he was amused. “It is that serious that you had to kiss this kid to make me believe you have a boyfriend?”
“He is,” Fallon answered.
“Who? Me?” Rob sputtered.
“Yes you, silly! Goodness me! Am I that horrible?”
“No,” Rob said with his hand in front of his chest, “not at all.”
“Thanks Rob,” Fallon said, and at that moment, Fallon knew her plan had just gone to shit. Rob was still wiping his mouth as Lucas just grinned widely at her.
“So Rob, this hot woman, is your girlfriend?” Lucas asked, and Fallon shot daggers at him with her eyes.
Rob looked at Fallon before looking back over at Lucas. He started to shake his head no as he said, “Yes, she is.”
That had Lucas in a fit of laughter as Fallon glared something crazy at him. “Thanks a lot Rob.”
“I’m sorry, but who picks an openly gay guy as their boyfriend!” Rob said throwing his arms in the air. “I’m wearing an orange suit!”
“A nice suit at that,” Lucas added.
“Thanks!” Rob said before looking back at Fallon, “but really, I’m the worst person to pick for a fake boyfriend, since I like guys.”
With that Rob walked off, leaving Fallon extremely embarrassed and actually considering firing him. She would if he wasn’t so good at the marketing reports that made her head spin. Fallon couldn’t help but to watch her ‘boyfriend’ clad in an orange suit walk away. She wished like hell that Rob wasn’t gay so he could act like her boyfriend because this reunion between Fallon and Lucas was not going the way she wanted it too.
Posing a gay guy as he boyfriend? Not one of her best ideas.
Fallon wanted to look successful, sexy — a stronger woman then he left behind. She basically wanted to make Lucas jealous, not give him the entertainment of the night! That’s what she paid the band for! She hated that she had made a mess of things. Lying was never her strong suit; and she knew Lucas wasn’t gonna let her live this down.
 “So how about that dance, since I think your boyfriend is gay,” Lucas determined.
Heat filled Fallon’s face as she wished Lucas to the fiery depths of hell. “Oh fuck off, Lucas Brooks.”

Now, if you are not completely hooked already [which how could you not be?! did you just read that excerpt?!] I have a little something for you...

An eBook giveaway! Because let's face it, after that excerpt Toni knew you all would need to get your hands on the book right away.
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Are you jumping up and down on your seat with anticipation?! Want to know how to enter?!
Just leave a comment below with your e-mail address and let me know why you've just got to win a copy of Trying to Score!

Simple as that! The winner will be selected at random on May 9th so don't forget to get those comments in!

Good luck to all!
And...
Thanks for stopping by!


This blog tour runs through the 5th. To follow the other tour stops which include, author interviews, book excerpts, giveaways, and more click here.
 



 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath [Lies Beneath #1] by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath [Lies Beneath #1]
Published by: Delacorte Press
Anne Greenwood Brown
Release Date: June 12th 2012
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge.

They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls.

Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
-Goodreads
*An eGalley was provided to me by Random House and NetGalley for review purposes.*

Thoughts/Review:

I have come to be a HUGE fan of NetGalley and all its wonders. Thanks to them and Random House publishing I was lucky enough to get my hands on this debut book From Anne Greenwood Brown. Let me tell you, mermaids [or should I say mermen] have never looked so good, or so absolutely creepy. I have not read that many mermaid books and I fell head over fins for this. Deception and revenge. Two words I feel fit perfectly with this story. You get plenty of both and then some. But that’s not all that awaits you in these pages.

I really enjoyed the fact that we got the story from Calder [a sexy alluring merman] and not from one of his sisters. Because typically that is what I see when I browse mermaid books, so it was a nice little change. But once I cracked open [well, touched open] this book I was hooked.  You get a feel for Calder and all of his uniqueness before you see what mermaids really like to do. I was kind of freaked out by Maris and Pavati, though his third sister Tallulah seemed to have a control on her craziness. See, mermaids are not all nice and pretty, they are deadly beautiful and won’t hesitate to suck your happiness [and soul] away. [Sounds a little like dementors right?!] And they have their sights set on revenge, with or without Calder’s help.

The love story in this book was nothing short of amazing. I really enjoyed Calder and Lily’s relationship for one fact only. He thought he was smooth and would get her to fall for him right away, and all he did was creep her out. You know, eventually Lily succumbed to her feelings for Calder, but I thought that was great. Lily was strong, determined, and forceful. I loved how surprising she was from page to page and I completely understand how Calder was so enthralled by her. As I kept reading, I was entranced in the words on the page and what was going on. Anne writing is so detailed that I couldn’t help but feeling like I was right there. There were gasps, screeching, yelling and some punching of a pillow. Anne had no trouble extracting my emotions from this story.

Reading this story unfold was nothing short of thrilling. I was surprised, pissed, giddy, and so much more. Anne Greenwood Brown has successfully captured me in her tangled web of words and I can’t wait to read more of Lily and Calder’s story. This story packs a punch and an action packed ending that will leave you with such a craving for the next book, you may take a bite out of someone near you. So yeah, don't say I didn't warn you folks!

Rating:
★★★★½
Four n' a half Stars
[You can suck my happiness any day Calder]
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Eeep people! This book seriously made me love mermaids, or should I say mermen. You need to check this beauty out and fall for Calder all on your own. I don't want to be blamed for it. [:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Inhale Release Day!

Hello Readers!

In my whole on and off blogging I have been doing in these past few months [thanks a lot to my draining laptop battery and my pregnancy causing my to be exhausted!] I have read this AMAZING book. I thought since it is release day and Kendall Grey is just pure amazing, I would share a little of what Kendall wants to accomplish with her book.
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INHALE, an urban fantasy romance by Kendall Grey, is now available in paperback and e-book for Kindle and Nook. INHALE is the first book in the JUST BREATHE trilogy. Kendall is donating all profits from the sale of the trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face. Watch the video to find out why.

Also, Kendall encourages interested readers to consider purchasing an e-book instead of a paperback. E-books save trees, cost considerably less, and bring in much more money for the whales.

Thank you for supporting INHALE, and most importantly, the whales that need our help.


If that got your juices flowing, then check out the amazing cover and synopsis below. And don't forget to check back here in the next few days for my review of Inhale. I will let you know now...I feel head over heels in love. 
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 Inhale
Kendall Grey
Release Date: TODAY!
Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and some violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.



Don't forget to watch the video and head over to goodreads and add this to your to be read list! Click on the gorgeous cover or the goodreads link to do so.
And above all...

Have a wonderful May!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [14]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. Each Wednesday we pick a book that we can't wait to get our paws on and share it with the rest of you!



So, I saw this beauty when the cover reveal happened a few weeks ago and ever since then I have been freaking out every time I read the synopsis. New Adult has never looked so good.
 Easy
Tammara Webber
Tentative Release: May 25th 2012
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Author Recommendation: Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)


:Why I Can't Wait:
Jeez people. Just read that synopsis and gaze at that cover. SWOON! I am in complete and total love with the New Adult genre that is taking my world by storm and this just seems like the latest and greatest book that is going to take my heart away. I have a little feeling of what may happen...and I so HOPE I am right when it comes to this twist because if so I may seriously just fall into a puddle of swoon goo and have to crawl on my hands and knees to thank Tammara Webber for writing such an amazing piece of work. So, go add this to your lists people, because every day I see this, I squirm in my chair a little bit more.

Tammara, I already love you.
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Freaking frex! I honestly am freaking out overt this one people. I'm counting down the days and even if this sucker gets pushed back as far as release date I will still be sitting here...freaking out and *squeeing* my heart out. Click the cover or goodreads link at the bottom to add it to your lists. Because, really, how could you not?!

Do you have a book that is making you jump up and down in your seat?! Leave your own Waiting on Wednesday link or just drop a comment below to let me know. I can't wait to see what has you biting your nails and counting down the days.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [13]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. Each Wednesday we pick a book that we can't wait to get our paws on and share it with the rest of you!



This weeks pick jumped out at me the moment I saw it. Living in Kansas and all I am no stranger to Storm Chasing, and there is the whole thing about her family problems that I no doubt understand. Anyway, here is my Waiting on Wednesday pick this week!
Enjoy!
 The Waiting Sky
Lara Zielin
Release Date: August 2nd 2012
One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.



:Why I Can't Wait:

Like I said, living in Kansas I am no stranger to chasing tornadoes and there is the fact that this cover is just so brilliant that I can't help but to be drawn to it. I also was drawn to the fact that her mother has an extreme problem and almost ended up ending her daughters life, so she left and is now staying with her brother who already fled their mother and her problems. I feel like being able to relate to a book going in can always be a good thing in the end. The whole should she be there to help her mother, or should she get away so she has a chance for herself in a healthy environment....but other than that...there is also a boy named Max that steps into the picture. Ah swoon. A storm chasing friend of her brothers I am guessing and I can not wait to see how it unfolds.

Storm chasing, boy chasing, and overcoming a family problem that feels like it can suck you in and never let you go.
I am so there.
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I love this cover folks, and you know how I get with covers I love! I want to read and devour it right away. This book looks right up my alley [Ha get it...Tornado Alley...bahahaha I crack myself up] and I am looking forward to August for my chance to read it. Click on the cover or the goodreads link after the description to add this beauty to your goodreads list today!

Do you have a book you can't get off your mind?! Leave me your own Waiting on Wednesday link or just comment below and let me know. I can't wait to see what caught your eye this week.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [11]


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from over at Should Be Reading. It is a great way to tease your fellow readers with the book[s] you are currently reading.




:Here Is How You Do It:

  • Step 1: Grab your current read.
  • Step 2: Open to a random page.
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others.
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!


 Entangled
Nikki Jefford
"So it's reall you?" Raj asked again. "Yeah, it's me."
"Good." Raj put his hands in both pockets. Grey falled the movement with her eyes. "What was that you put on my grave?"
"Nothing."
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Raj released her and took a step back. The pained look on his face made Grey instantly regret the taunt. "I meant to give it to you earlier." He stared directly into her eyes.


pg [95] in eBook


I know on my goodreads it says I have been reading this for awhile but I have only really dug into it the past few days. So far I am LOVING it and Raj.
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Click on the cover to add it to your goodreads list today.

Do you have a teaser that is of so yummy this week? Leave me your own Teaser Tuesday link or just comment below to make me drool. I can't wait to see what you have in store for me.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Taking Shots [Assassins #1] by Toni Aleo

Taking Shots [Assassins #1]
Toni Aleo
Published By: Toni Aleo/Amazon
Release Date: October 5th 2011
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world. 

Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her. 


Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone. 


But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?

Would Elli miss her shot at love?


:Thoughts/Review:

I have been very fortunate lately when it comes to book recommendations and Taking Shots is no exception. Not knowing exactly what to expect when I stared, I was blown away by just about everything I read. It has been FOREVER since I read a contemporary romance that was so emotionally packed and had enough sexy action to keep those pages turning well past my bedtime. This book was a long one, but I mean that in the best possible way. There are a lot of emotional problems going on, and it was so refreshing to see a book tackle those emotional problems fully and realistically. Taking Shots took me by surprise and I just have one question…Where the hell can I get my own Shea Alder?!

What I really want to do is give Toni Aleo a giant hug and a ton of kisses for making the ultimate lead character[s]. It was so easy to identify with Elli and her problems that I was instantly in love. You often come across girls who are self-conscious in books, yet they are described as beautiful, skinny, and yadda yadda yadda. With Elli, I felt her issues, I KNOW those issues and I was eager to see how she worked through them, in a relationship with a sexy hot hockey player nonetheless.  Oh and don’t even get me started on Shea Alder. That man was meant to be in my life, and I need my own ASAP! I am no hockey fan, but I swear to you, after reading this book I am going to watch myself a few games and promptly drool all over myself while I am doing so.

I may have loved the characters first and foremost, but what comes in a close second is how real the book felt. Like I said, this is a long book, but it covers every topic it addresses realistically. There is no ‘I looked into his eyes and knew I was in love so we immediately had sex and got engaged and married within a month!’ There is depth in the relationship due to the problems these two faced together or mentally on their own. You get to see Shea and Elli grow and fight together and with each other. And the emotions Toni made me feel! Agh! I went from blissfully happy, to steamy hot, to wanting to beat someone ass in just a few pages. When I start punching pillows I know the book has made its way into my heart for good, and I wouldn’t want this one anywhere else.

When all is said and done, this book took me for the best spin I could ever imagine taking. I got to see probably my favorite female lead of all time get her dream ever after. Not only did Taking Shots fill me with giddy passion, but filled with blissful closure as well. If you are any kind of romance fan this book will take you by your teeth and have you begging for more when it is over. Toni Aleo, I will follow you anywhere you go from here on out because damn it, you have shown me and everyone else out there how real women and relationships are and I love you for it. But I still have one question for you. When and where can I get my own Shea Alder? Seriously, I’m dying here. *runs off looking for the perfect man*


:Rating:
★★★★★
Five Fever Inducing Stars
[I never knew hockey could be SO entertaining and yummy]
Wow! My first review posted in over a month. I am SO SORRY you guys! But it couldn't be over a better book I am sure! I loved this one people. I was swooning, crying, and pissed beyond belief. All you romance lovers out there have GOT to give this one a shot. Add it to your lists today and be prepared to fall head over skates for one Shea Alder.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [12]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. Each Wednesday we pick a book that we can't wait to get our paws on and share it with the rest of you!



I really love the name of my pick this week. I was always such a fan of the Velveteen Rabbit when I was little so it caught my eye and after seeing the cover and reading the synopsis I knew I had to read it.

Velveteen
Daniel Marks
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.


:Why I Can't Wait:
Ah. Forbidden Romance. You always know they are going to turn out interestingly. I'm pretty excited to see this Velveteen gal get her haunt on. Nothing like a woman scorned, or you know...killed. And Bonesaw seems like a pretty intimidating name does it not?! This book does look edgy, and I really hope it delivers on that front... But I am not going to lie, I am more drawn in to the whole off limits coworker. I love me some forbidden romance and this seems to fit that bill perfectly. And I am kinda crushing on the guy in this cover. Yeah, I have to turn my computer upside down to properly drool over his amazing face, but I am willing to do it all day long if I have to.
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Am I the only one here who made the Velveteen Rabbit connection...I was kinda obsessed with that book when I was little. I even had the Rabbit who could turn inside out...But anyway, enough with my younger years babble, doesn't this book look amazing?! If you haven't seen it before now and think it looks as great as I do don't forget to head on over to goodreads and add it to your list! All you have to do is click that gorgeous cover.

Do you have a book you can't get off your mind?! Leave me your own Waiting on Wednesday link or just let me know below!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [10]


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from over at Should Be Reading. It is a great way to tease your fellow readers with the book[s] you are currently reading.



:Here Is How You Do It:
  • Step 1: Grab your current read.
  • Step 2: Open to a random page.
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others.
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles! 

Before I get started with all the steamy teasing I have in store for you today, I want to apologize for how incredibly absent I have been these past few weeks. Being extremely tired and sick every morning are taking its toll and it seems like all I want to do is lounge on my couch and stay as far away from my computer as possible. I'm working on managing my time and I hope to be as present as I use to be here soon. THANK YOU for sticking by me through my absence and I hope you all stick around for whats to come.
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Now...on to the teaser!

 Forbidden Pleasure
Lora Leigh
"She's scared Mac," he said gently as he stepped to her, his hand reaching out, his fingers touching her cheek in a brief caress. It felt like flames sinking into her flesh, burning her alive.
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"Do you want it to go away Kei?" He nipped at her earlobe as she shuddered in his grasp. "It can go away very easily sweetheart," Jethro whispered then. "It can go away, or it can turn to this."

Pg [70-71] in Ebook


So, what do you think?! I didn't want to give you toooooo much and scare you away, but hot damn this book is steamy! If you want to check it out yourself, you click on that pretty little cover you see above.
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Do you all have a juicy teaser this week? Just leave your own Teaser Tuesday link or comment below to tease me so! I can't wait to see what you have in store for me.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Review Copy Cleanup--Mysterious Meetup


This is the 4th challenge for Review Copy Cleanup. This week, we get to pick a character that we would love to meet in real life. And just what would you talk about?! I may die from the heat ladies.


Okay ladies. There is just no way I can only pick ONE person to meet. I have noticed a few of you have also cheated a bit with this, so I don't feel horrible doing it! BUT I am picking four instead of 3 because, well, I can.
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:Mysterious Picks:


Augustus Waters
If you have not read this epic read yet, then what the hell are you doing?! Augustus Waters had my heart the second he entered into my life. I feel like my life is forever changed because of him and his humor that I could NOT pass up a chance to meet him. What would I ask if I met him? Hell if I know. Augustus is the kind of person you don't really plan stuff with, it just happens. And I am more than willing to just spend some time with the funniest boy I will never meet.


Christian Grey
If you have read Fifty Shades then you probably have an idea of why I want to meet Mr. Grey in the flesh. He is sex on a fucking stick and I want me a bite of that stick. If I were to meet Christian I am pretty sure I wouldn't want to have a friendly conversation with him. Our conversation would happen in the Red Room, and damn it, I would probably be gagged. Is it getting a bit steamy in here to you gals...Uhm, well...what I mean to say is, I would ask him what his favorite foods were..or something like that...

Professor Gabriel Emerson
Professor Gabriel Emerson has been under my skin for awhile now. Ever since I read this book last year, I have not been able to get him out of my mind. I would definitely be scared to meet this man, since he is so educated and well spoken and I am just...well not. But if you can get on his good side, and your name is Julia, he can be one hell of a ride. If I were to ask him a question it would be about Dante's Inferno, and then I would just stare at that mouth of his while he answered. 

Kellan Kyle
Uh hello. It's freaking Kellan Kyle, you know I couldn't leave his sexy ass out. This sexy rocker is always on my mind and I probably wouldn't want to have much of a conversation with him either, though he can be quiet the conversationalist.I would probably ask him to show me his talents in the bedroom [or in a coffee house] and then we could spoon and talk pillow talk. Because pillow talk with Kellan Kyle is on my list of things to do before I die. So come on our Kellan wherever you may be, my life can't end before I get a piece of you.

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So there you have it ladies and gents [if there are any gents reading this...]. The sexy men I would love to meet. Yeah, there are no girls on here...but can you really blame me?! My list would just have to have been a top 10! And I can't cheat that much.
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What about you? Who would you meet if you could and just what would you ask them?! Leave your own Review Copy Cleanup Challenge link or comment below and let me know!

Happy Friday all!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: While It Lasts [Sea Breeze #3] by Abbi Glines

I am oh so happy to be here with you all today! And I KNOW you are uber excited, because well, everyone loves an Abbi Glines cover reveal! Especially if you have read Because Of Low and know the infamous Cage. So enough with all this talk! Lets get to the sexy steaminess that we all know is Cage!




...Drum Roll Please...


While It Lasts
Abbi Glines
Release Date: July 31st 2012
( Add to your Goodreads shelf )
Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer bailing hay?

Eva Brooks had planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

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Do you need a minute to collect your screaming fangirl self? It's okay, I understand. After seeing that cover I needed a moment to myself too. It's just...Cage is a sexy stud muffin! I can't wait to see if this Eva gal can tame his wild ways, or maybe she will fall victim to Cage's sexy muscles and be lost forever [exactly like I would] There is only one way to find out! Start your countdowns folks!
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I can't just leave you to fawn over this book cover without a playlist to go with it now can I?! Here is the soundtrack to While It Lasts, check it out!
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday [11]


Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Books. Every Saturday, bloggers post a cover that really caught their eye over the week for everyone to see. Judging a book by it's cover has never been so fun


My eyes kind of went all dreamy when I first saw this weeks Shelf Candy. I was instantly hooked and I know you all will be too. 
Check it out!

 Crewel
Gennifer Albin
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

-Goodreads-


:Why It's Shelf Candy:
Do you really need to ask me that question. I mean...HELLO! Look at this gorgeous cover! And if those wisps of colorful smoke isn't enough to draw your eye in, read the synopsis! This is something in YA that we have not seen before and it has me gnawing on my nails in anticipation. Now I would like to ask you all a question. How the hell have I not seen this before?! As soon as I laid eyes on it I wanted it on my shelf, like, yesterday. I know many of you have probably fainted from shear beauty right now, so I will let you all collect yourselves, but when you do, don't forget to head on over to goodreads and add this gem to your list. Lord knows I will be fawning all over this on October 16th.
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Soooooooo......
What do you guys thinnnnnk?! Don't you absolutely LOVE it?!  Gah! Do you have something even better than this?! Leave your own Shelf Candy Saturday post or just comment below and let me know what has you catching your breath.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review Copy Cleanup--Don't Be Such A Tease!


This is the third challenge for the Review Copy Cleanup and this week we all get to be huge teases! Show off just how great your read is.
So read below, if you dare.
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I'm super excited to tease you guys with my current read. It is amazinggg!

Inhale
Kendall Grey
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Super Tease #1
"I wish you were real. The things I'd do to you..."
He took her by chin, drawing her gaze to his. God, how he wished he could show her how real he was. "I might be a dream, but when you wake up, you'll feel me all over you."
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Super Tease #2
  "Where are my clothes?" She covered herself with her arms.
"Freudian dream slip?" He laughed.

*Fans self*
Are you all feeling the heat?
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I hope you all enjoyed my teasers! I know I am sure enjoying this steamy book. Do you have your own teaser to share? Leave your own Review Copy Cleanup challenge link or just comment below and tease me so!
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Follow Friday [10]



Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week there is a new question to answer and new bloggers to meet! There is also a different blog featured every week and this weeks featured blog is Reading with ABC, so don't forget to head over there and check it out!







:This Weeks Question Is:

What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?

This question is going to be super hard. I haven't read that many bad books recently, so I am going to have to go with the one I have enjoyed the least.


:Best Read:
I have to say my favorite read this month is Taking Shots by Toni Aleo. I have read both of the books in this series this month, so pretty much this is my favorite series this month. Click on the cover to check it out!


:Worst Read:
Okay, this was SO NOT a bad read, it was just my least favorite read in the past month. It was cute and fast and light, I was more than happy with the twist that is thrown in, but I have been leaning towards more racy and sexy reads, and this is not that kind of book.
Click the cover to check it out!
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Both of these books were amazing! Just, Shooting Stars is lighter than I am in to right now. What about all of you? What is your best/worst read this month? Leave your own Follow Friday link or just comment below and let me know.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [11]


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. Each Wednesday we pick a book that we can't wait to get our paws on and share it with the rest of you!



Okay you guys, I know that you know I am a HUGE Abbi Glines fan. I practically fawn all over her books anytime I get the chance to. And this week is no different. [:


Predestined
Abbi Glines
Release Date: April 4th 2012
You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder. 

The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams... uninvited. 

Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.

-Goodreads


:Why I Can't Wait:
I have one word for you. 
Dank. 
Okay, well, I am going to tell you in way more than one word as to why I am jumping in anticipation of this book right here folks. I fell head over heels in love with Existence [More like Pagan and Dank but you know...] and I can not wait to see what is in store for these two next. What the hell is Leif?! Is Dank going to kick some dark spirit ass or is Leif going to put up one hell of a fight for Pagan?! Ah! So many questions, so much anticipation, and the teasers that Abbi Glines keeps revealing are pretty much KILLING me. Just know this readers, the day this sucker comes out, I am devouring it. And I hope I will be here to tell you how amazingly sexy Dank is, but I may be in a shocked coma, who really knows.
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Abbi! If you are reading this at all, keep those teasers coming! They may be killing me, but I would kill for them! [:
 
What do you think folks? Are you drooling with me for this book too? Or do you have something utterly amazing you are drooling over this week that you can't even worry about drooling over mine?! Leave your own Waiting on Wednesday link or just comment below to let me know.