Review: Only with You by Lauren Layne + Giveaway!

30th Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Only with You by Lauren Layne + Giveaway!Only with You by Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake #1
Published by Forever
Pub Date: July 29th 2014
Pages: 260
Format: eARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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4 Stars

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All...

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing...

 

First thing I want to mention about Only with You by Lauren Layne is the amount of laughter it brought into my life. I swear I giggled through most of it but I straight up busted out laughing out loud at other times. It was just a delight!

As if getting mistaken for a prostitute (and turned down!) isn’t bad enough, having that same man show up at your parents house for family dinner as your sister’s date might completely kill you. Sophie was sweet, if a bit lost in life. She rolls with the punches and tries to make the best out of situations. Of course, her new boss, and said man who confused her for a prostitute, makes it a little tougher for her. Gray certainly doesn’t get Sophie, sometimes he seems to straight up hate her, but he sure is attracted to her! Their little back and forth digs at each other made for a really entertaining read. They had great chemistry and tension together. And once Gray lets his guard down and opens up he’s just lovely. *happy sigh*

Also!! Sophie has the best guy friend who is a bit of a player and is totally hilarious. I don’t think Lauren Layne was trying to hide where that story line was going, but it must be said that I called it pretty early on. But it was only the beginning and I CANNOT wait to see how everything unfolds in the next book. After Sophie and Gray stop fighting one another’s attractions things get pretty hot and heavy fast.

I thought the end was emotional and the epilogue ended this story on a fun and sweet note. Overall a great fun read!

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and big-girl clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

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London Falling by Chanel Cleeton – Dream Cast + Giveaway!

21st Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

London Falling by Chanel Cleeton – Dream Cast + Giveaway!

London Falling by Chanel Cleeton – Dream Cast + Giveaway!London Falling by Chanel Cleeton
Series: International School #2
Published by HQN
Pub Date: July 7th 2014
Pages: 282
Format: eBook | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

 

Today on the blog Chanel Cleeton is sharing her London Falling Dream Cast! Let me tell you, Samir looks  HOTT!! Check it out!

Maggie

 

Samir

 

Fleur

 

Mya

 

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What do you guys think??

 

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers. Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

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Review: Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike – Blog Tour

14th Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike – Blog Tour

Review: Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike – Blog TourEarthquake by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Earthbound #2
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: July 8th 2014
Pages: 383
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. 
 
Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

 

Earthquake totally brought its A-game! This book was suspenseful and action-packed, and at times, very swoony too! Aprilynne Pike did a great job at making this big story easy to follow. It could have easily become a big mess but she makes all the magical and scientific aspects easy to follow.

I still didn’t feel any connection to Logan/Quinn, which I was hoping to get more of in this book if he’s supposed to be the love of Tavia’s life. I won’t say what happens, but things get complicated when a certain someone returns.

Meanwhile the virus is still spreading among humans and Tavia and Logan end up in the hands of the Reduciata first, then Curatoria. There she’s able to work on finding a cure and in all kinds of things are revealed. BIG SECRETS! Though ones I’d suspected.

Action, suspense, and swoony moments made this follow-up a win!

 

Check out the other blog tour stops!

JULY 8th: I Am A Reader – What’s On Aprilynne’s Desk/In Her Purse

JULY 9th: Such A Novel Idea – Review

JULY 10th: Wholly Books – 10 (Even More)Random Things about Aprilynne

JULY 11th: Ex Libris – Review

JULY 12th: Mundie Moms – Review

JULY 13th: Fic Fare A Day In The Life of Aprilynne Pike

JULY 15th: Fiktshun – Character Interview

JULY 16th: Fictitious Delicious – Review

JULY 17th: Me, My Shelf and I – Review

JULY 18th: Jean Book Nerd – Review

 

About Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates. Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

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Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

9th Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne PikeEarthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Earthbound #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: July 30th 2013
Pages: 338
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. 

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.

 

Overall, Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike was a good book! I must say that the beginning wasn’t as strong for me though. I thought it was a little all over the place. I didn’t understand what was happening or where the book was going. I thought it was about her seeing ghosts at first, then she starts having powers where she makes things appear and disappear (that chapstick scene was a huge WTF is going on moment for me), she starts having STRONG LOVE feelings for the strange guy she’s only seen twice and spoken to once, people are trying to kill her… WHAT THE WHAT?! So I thought the beginning was so confusing to me. Luckily it starts to smooth out ⅔ into it.

Things sort of slow down, even when she’s on the run, enough to have explanations put out there. And what I found was a really interesting story about gods and goddesses with the powers to create and destroy things. It’s not about ghosts at all, but they are immortal in a really cool, different way. I actually loved the concept.

There’s a sort of love triangle. Sort of. The other guy is not really in the picture right now though. It has to do with the immortal thing. If I explain it, I’ll give too much away. Just know that the guy that IS in the picture right now is really cute and witty. And I like their relationship! Though I knew right away he was hiding something BIG because he was really skittish at times. Ugh. WHY?!

So even though the beginning was ROUGH for me, I ended up really enjoying this story overall. I’m looking forward to learning more about this world!

 

 

About Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates. Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

7th Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

Bless me, Bloggers, for I have sinned…

 

I’m In Trouble Now!

I’ve only ever watched Gone with the Wind, but not read the book, even though this blog’s name is inspired by it. It was the first adult movie I watched as a kid, in the 80s, dubbed in Spanish, because I lived in Mexico at the time, but I fell IN LOVE.

 

TBR Shame

The amount of unread books on my shelves and in my ereaders is embarrassing. Yet! I can’t stop myself from buying more or requesting egalleys. What is wrong with meeeee?! :(

 

Some Progress

I’ve stopped requesting PHYSICAL ARCs, so that’s good, right? That’s one step closer to minimizing my TBR… right? ;) Also, I didn’t go to any conferences this year, which is where I would get the bulk of ARCs that end up at my house.

 

NO-WoWW

Get it? Cause of J-WOWW and the meme is abbreviated as WoW… Anyway! I stopped doing Waiting on Wednesday posts. I just…don’t anticipate books like I used to. I’m no longer DYYYYYYING for those pre-publications. You can blame my daunting TBR piles, lol.

 

Cool book, bro.

Back when I started blogging, I wasn’t all too concerned with getting ARCs. But that changed after a short time and I’d get the biggest cases of BOOK ENVY when I’d see other bloggers get ARCs I’d been coveting. I no longer get envious. I sometimes get a pang (I’ll Give You The Sun! Lola!), but then I remember that the book will be released when it’s released and in the meantime, here’s all those other books you’d been DYING to read, Jess. Read those. LOL

 

Speaking of…

I haven’t read many of my most anticipated books of the year. Or last year. Or probably the year before that. Send help.

 

Then there’s this!

I hardly ever (ok, never) stick to Top Ten Books I plan to Read this Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter lists. I think we can conclude I read what I want for the most part, but putting it in list form makes it homework in a way, so it turns me off. :/

 

No you didn’t!

Sometimes, I watch the movie first to see if I want to read the book. *runs away and hides*

 

Take my YA reader card. Just do it.

I’ve only ever read the first Harry Potter book.

 

But let’s be honest…

My most personal confession: I’ve thought about quitting blogging a few times this year, but I don’t think I could ever really do it. I think what I need is a break. A break to just enjoy reading without worrying about writing reviews, a break to rethink my whole blogging process so that it doesn’t feel like a chore sometimes, a break to just break. I’ve been doing this for three years now and I can tell you I never imagined I’d be here, but I also can’t image not doing it anymore. <3

 

 

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Gone with the Month – June 2014

3rd Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Gone with the Month

Gone with the Month – June 2014

 

Well the slow reading continues… but!! I’m not giving up hope that I will catch up! I may take a short, tiny break from the blog to binge read some stuff, but I’m thinking time is not the issue… I’m thinking TV is the issue! It’s ok though. I’m not stressing it. :) So let’s see what happened in June here on Gone with the Words!

Books Read

Books Read – Current Standing

Reviews

Top Ten Lists

New On the Shelf

Song on Repeat

 

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Review: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer + Giveaway!

2nd Jul 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer + Giveaway!How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: July 1st 2014
Pages: 352
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance
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4.5 Stars

Lydia Netzer, the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, weaves a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that asks, “Can true love exist if it’s been planned from birth?”

Like a jewel shimmering in a Midwest skyline, the Toledo Institute of Astronomy is the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. Here, dreamy cosmologist George Dermont mines the stars to prove the existence of God. Here, Irene Sparks, an unsentimental scientist, creates black holes in captivity.

George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they’re together. But George and Irene’s attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other's soulmates.

When that long-secret plan triggers unintended consequences, the two astronomers must discover the truth about their destinies, and unravel the mystery of what Toledo holds for them—together or, perhaps, apart.

Lydia Netzer combines a gift for character and big-hearted storytelling, with a sure hand for science and a vision of a city transformed by its unique celestial position, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the heavens.

 

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer is one of the most quirky, wonderful books I’ve read. The magical realism story mixes beautiful writing with fun loving characters who you’ll definitely root for. Also, science! Never thought I’d find science that interesting, but Lydia Netzer makes it so.

Imagine being planned, created, then bred for another person. George and Irene were created for one another, but their story goes a little awry along the way and you’ll just be hoping and wishing they work out. The scene where George sees Irene for “the first time” made me smile and giggle SO HARD! Those two had that effect on me a lot in this book.

Their mothers were a different story though. They caused my heart several twinges of pain throughout the story. It was heartbreaking, but I loved being able to see how this plan was hatched. The glimpses into their past gave the story a solid foundation and even made me wonder if a lot of the things they did could be real.

Also!! This book made me feel like I was watching a Woody Allen movie in my head. It reminded me of Mighty Aphrodite, with all the Greek gods appearing everywhere. :)

I can already tell this book will make an appearance on my End of Year post, and I can guarantee I’ll be recommending it A LOT! I think people who like Sarah Addison Allen’s books should definitely try Lydia Netzer. I can’t wait for you guys to experience this little gem!

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Want to see what the knitted black holes look like?? Check out THIS POST on Lydia’s blog that includes a video! They’re ADORABLE!

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Check out these videos of Lydia Netzer discussing How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky!

 

Audiobook Sample!

I know some of my friends do love their audiobooks, so if it will help you pick this up sooner, do it on audio!

 

 

 

 

About Lydia Netzer

Lydia Netzer lives in Virginia with her two children and husband.

Her first novel, Shine Shine Shine, was published by St. Martin’s Press. It’s an IndieNext Pick, a SIBA Okra Pick, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, Amazon’s Spotlight Book in Best Books of July 2012, a People’s Pick in People Magazine, and a NYT Notable Book.

Her new novel, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2014.

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