WEEKLY WRAP-UP [#6]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality & The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

I have combined these two in a Weekly Wrap-up post because I’m a lazy bum.

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Can’t say I was a good girl… I did some (a lot) one-clicking – I should start calling it Shelf of Shame…so without further ado…here are my purchased books.

             

                

                 

I suppose this is the point where I should come clean and admit that I’m a book hoarder. There you have it. Two of them were freebies, the others were all on sale.

ARCS I RECEIVED

In the corner house of an empty street, there is a boy inside a box. In that boy, there lives a secret, one so dark, it’s sealed with locks. 

Nearly ten years have passed since the night I was captured. Tricked and betrayed, I suffered the hours of brutal torment with death’s cold whisper across my skin. And when the nameless faces that haunted my nightmares took everything and everyone I loved, I feared I’d never be free of the darkness. 
But that’s the thing about fear. Over time, it breeds anger, and when anger fills the box, vengeance bleeds out. 
It’s been almost a decade since I escaped their hell, staying in the shadows, hiding my demons, and God help them now that I’ve tasted retribution and crave more of it. 

Blood is the price for pain, and I vow to take everything and everyone they love. I’m no longer a frightened boy, but the intrepid vigilante, a ruthless executioner, who will stop at nothing to punish the depraved few that stole my life and walked free. 
The plan is perfect, except for her. The one woman I’m forbidden to have, whose soothing touch settles my fractured mind. My angel of mercy sent to silence the voices. Yet, not even she can save me from the black void wherein my skeletons lie buried beneath the truth. Because in order to feed my thirst for revenge, I have to destroy the very thing that gives me purpose. 
Tooth for a tooth, heart for a heart.

Can we take a moment and just stare at this guy’s beautiful face?

Thank you for humoring me.

Keri Lake is one of the most talented and underrated authors I’ve had the pleasure to  read. She plots the hell out of a story and writes twists like nobody’s business. I’ve had the opportunity to read and review all of her dark romance stories. If you’re a fan of that sub genre and haven’t read Keri Lake yet do yourself a favor and start with Ricochet.

To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She’s soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She’s actually Taylor Winston-Hughes–born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.

When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win’s charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.

Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can’t reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he’s not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.

As the case takes a wild turn and Win’s entire life is upended, she must look to the people she’s closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves… 

Lexi Blake, as you may (or may not) know, writes some dirty erotic romance. With Berkley as a publisher she has released a little more straight Romantic Suspense that caters to people who don’t like all the BDSM stuff with their books.

Ms Blake’s superpower is storytelling. Even her erotic romance books don’t have sex in the stories just for the sake of it. There is always a deep delving plot that compels the reader to continue reading.

Order of Protection is the first in a new series. Very much looking forward to this one.

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.

She felt…light. 

She’d forgotten what that felt like.

I caved. I’m so weak when it comes to ARCs it’s embarrassing. I saw this book on a couple of blogs and since I read the first one I wanted to have the next one too but didn’t know whether I would find the time…screw time. It’s overrated.

The setting of this series is unique and creative. It’s about a group of people who survived a vicious attack by two fellow students at their old high school. Years later they reunite.

This is the second book in the series.

Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.

My Oxford Year will be made into a motion picture. My book bestie actually pointed me toward this one (and if it’s bad I’ll have someone to blame).

I love illustrated book covers. They are always cute and hide the most beautiful gems so I actually expect this too be great. Fingers crossed!

You know you are sorely out of shape when a basic Yoga class kicks your ass. i just started a membership at a new gym because I hate my old one – they had a great deal so I thought YOLO and went to Yoga today. No regrets but a sore body. The weather seems to move toward spring now – I can’t tell you how I’ve been waiting for it to get warmer and sunnier.

On the blog I wasn’t exactly prolific since the flu stuck with me until mid week.

I’m postponing all plans of memes except the Weekly Wrap-Up post until after my next exam, which is in June. There might pop up some but I’m not putting them on a schedule.

Two reviews went live this week:

  • Katee Robert’s The Last King – I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance with suspense elements.
  • The Men with the Golden Cuffs by Lexi Blake – this is another of this author’s Master & Mercenaries series. Again the plot was suspenseful and drove the story beautifully.
  • I just finished writing my review for Lennon Reborn. It’ll go live sometime end of April since this is a May release. If you want to get your heart bruised pick this one up, it hurt so good.
  • And I wrote another review that is already live on Goodreads – Chaser by Kylie Scott. This was such a fun book!

I plan on getting my review for one of the audiobooks ready next week and also Intrepid since it releases April 10th.

That’s it for this week. I’ll leave you with a TOTALLY RANDOM that still cracks me up although I’ve read through it multiple times.

TOTALLY RANDOM

Let me know in the comments if you have a Shelf of Shame! Or if you’re a book hoarder like me. Or if you aren’t you can brag about that. 

Whatever. 😉

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