Review: Kings or Pawns by J.J. Sherwood + Giveaway!

8th Aug 2016 Lety @ Gone with the Words 2016, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Lety

Review: Kings or Pawns by J.J. Sherwood + Giveaway!Kings or Pawns by J.J. Sherwood
Series: Steps of Power #1, The Kings #1
Published by Silver Helm
Pub Date: October 1st 2015
Pages: 383
Format: eBook | Source: Author
Genres: Fantasy
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

The first book in JJ Sherwood's Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.

8,994 P.E.—The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and the Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem ascends the throne as king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and bold, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but the brutal murders by an assassin loosed within the city threaten to undermine the king’s ambitions.

As corruption and death threaten to tear Elvorium apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war.

This was such an incredible story and start to this high fantasy series. This story had multiple narrators, each telling their story from their own perspective and sometimes taking you into a different part of the map (which is included in the book btw). The tale was gripping, emotional and sucked you into every character’s trials and tribulations. Each character was introduced to you in a way that didn’t have your head spinning like other epic fantasy novels I have read. The pacing of the story was just right, and the world building was one of my favorite parts of this first book. There were some clear good/bad guys from the start that you loved/hated and some plot twists towards the end that I didn’t foresee.

J.J. Sherwood has a great way of describing surroundings and characters that is rich but not overbearing. The images easily manifested in my mind so vividly. All the while I kept thinking what a great movie this would make! J.J. also has an interactive world map on her Steps of Power website that is pretty awesome, and character content coming soon ( I can’t wait! :D).

General Jikum and King Hariem were likeable characters from the start and are our main storytellers in the beginning. The city of Elvorium, which King Hairem has inherited, is being corrupted by those that sit on the council, each an appointed representative of a different elven race. The king soon finds that he holds no real power and the council holds the real control (those jerks!). Meanwhile, their city is at war with Saebellus, a relentless and extremely powerful warlord (with a scary, huge dragon/beast thing). And though General Jikum is a worthy opponent and has been successful in recent battles, there seems to be no end to the fighting and death toll. King Hariem schemes to try and take power back from the council but there is also an assassin loose who has been targeting the Council of Elves, and his efforts seem to only backfire. This story is full of back-stabbing, treachery, heartbreak and mysteries that have yet to unravel themselves. What is that thing in the ice?! Who is this Sellemar character really?! I MUST KNOW!

I enjoyed this book immensely and plan on continuing to read this series. If you are a fan of high fantasy novels go pick this one up immediately!


(This giveaway is run by the author. We are not responsible for choosing or notifying winners, or for the prizes you’re to receive.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Lety @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Contemporary Romance Challenge: August Link-Up

7th Aug 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: August Link-Up

Oh, hi there!!

Summer has me in a real blogging rut so I’m pretty much taking a blogging vacation these days, which is why this post is late. I’ve been reading though! Just not reviewing. :/ I’m hoping I get my mojo back soon. Until then, happy reading!

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have July posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the July Link-up, which closes on August 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.


No monthly topic this month. Just keep reading those kissy books!

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!




Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

25th Jul 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’RoarkWaking Olivia by Elizabeth O'Roark
Published by Author
Pub Date: March 14th 2016
Pages: 378
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

"That girl isn't just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She's trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She's the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more. 
And the last thing I need right now is more trouble."

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team. 
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth. 
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her. 
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her. 
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.

Olivia is an extremely talented track runner, but has a rough past that still haunts her. It’s forced her to build thicker walls than most, but for the past couple of years it has also been affecting her performance. After having been kicked out from her last college, Olivia is finally given a last chance to run for East Colorado University. All she needs now is to put an end to her demons or she’ll end up losing her scholarship. As if that wasn’t enough pressure, she can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of her new coach.

Will always had big plans of leaving home to experience life outside of the farm. When his father passed away, Will was forced to set aside his passion for rock climbing and return home in order to tend to the family farm. He is now coaching the East Colorado University women’s track team to make some extra cash. What he didn’t expect was to suddenly feel so protective over Olivia, the new team member, who seems to be nothing but trouble.

In most books, boy and girl meet, they instantly lust for each other, and bam. Waking Olivia was most definitely not “most books” though! This pair was off to a rocky start and built from there. All of that initial trouble caused some serious angst, but the wait totally paid off! There is a minor love triangle, but that didn’t put me off in the least because the other person was more of a gnat that wouldn’t go away.

There were two things that really made this book a favorite of mine: all of the hilarious banter and Olivia’s character. My ebook copy ended up covered with highlighting of great quotes and ridiculously funny moments. There was so much banter between all of the different characters, not just our two MCs. I have a sarcastic sense of humor and that made me feel like these were my people! As for Olivia, she is definitely an acquired taste and some readers might even be put off by her brashness. The fact that she wasn’t the typical sweet virgin protagonist really worked for me though. She was rough around the edges but life had made her that way and she didn’t walk around assuming the world owed her anything.

Overall, this book was so much more intense than I could have imagined. It kept me up til 2 am with that infamous “just one more chapter” thing us readers do ourselves at night. Lol If you’re looking for a New Adult book with lots of banter that packs a punch, then Waking Olivia is that book!


Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Blog Tour: Reliquary by Sarah Fine | Excerpt + Giveaway!

20th Jul 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Giveaways

Blog Tour: Reliquary by Sarah Fine | Excerpt + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Reliquary by Sarah Fine | Excerpt + Giveaway!Reliquary by Sarah Fine
Series: Reliquary #1
Published by 47North
Pub Date: June 14th 2016
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback | Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.

Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.

I’m so excited to be today’s stop on the Reliquary tour! I have an awesome excerpt to share with you guys, along with a chance for you to win 1 of 3 copies up for grabs! You can also buy it now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble!


RELIQUARY, Chapter one, part one excerpt:

The night before everything fell apart was the best of my life—the last purely happy, uncomplicated hours I would ever have. Looking back, I’m amazed by how lies can soothe the soul, quell every fear, blind you to reality in the most pleasant of ways. Not forever, of course. And only if you really want to buy into the illusion. But back then, I did. Even as the truth sharpened its knives and hunted me down, I refused to see it.

            I was too worried about whether I’d made enough deviled eggs.


“We really could have had this catered,” Mom said, stopping to rub my back as I balanced each egg half on the platter and then sprinkled them all with paprika.

I blew a lock of curly hair off my forehead. Outside I could hear laughter and the faint caress of Lake Michigan against the shore. “How many people are out there?” I asked, ignoring her comment. “Should I do another dozen?” It’s my engagement party and I want to feed people, I had said. Just appetizers and beer. I’ll be done with plenty of time to spare.

            Ugh. My mother was right. Again.

Her soft hands closed over my wrists. “We’ll have plenty. But Mattie, you need to be on the deck with Ben, not stuck in the kitchen. Your guests want to congratulate you—that’s the whole point of the party! Let me finish this up.” She held up my hands and glanced at my fingernails, short but coated with a bright-orange polish that set off my mustard-yellow dress and strawberry blond hair. “You’ll ruin these if you keep this up.” Smiling, she grabbed a dishrag and wiped a smear of mayonnaise off my ring finger, and the diamond that now lived there sparkled in the light. “Look—you’ve already done all the prep on the perperoncini wraps and the bruschetta. I’ve got this covered. Go.”

I glanced out to where my fiancé (fiancé!) was standing, a bottle of beer in one hand, flashing that smile that could melt glaciers. His hair ruffled in the breeze off the lake, the sun glinting off golden strands. I bit my lip and stared. Seriously—how had I gotten so lucky? “You sure, Mom? I feel terrible leaving you with all this work.”

She chuckled and shook her head. “Honey, that’s my job.”

My mind skipped through memories of all the times she’d rescued me from my own ambitious schemes. Like when I’d taken on decorations for the senior prom (DIY string chandeliers are harder than they look, damn you, Internet!), or the time I’d decided that I totally had time to make three hundred cupcakes for my sorority’s homecoming party despite the fact that I had to cheer in the actual homecoming game. “I guess I’m the queen of biting off more than I can chew.” I sighed. “Sorry.”

She pulled me into a hug, brushing my unruly hair off my face. “It’s just one of your many charming qualities.” She inclined her head toward Ben, and when I turned, he was watching the two of us, his honey-brown eyes full of affection and invitation. “And clearly Ben thinks so, too.”

“Remind him of that after he takes a look at the supply closet at the clinic, okay?” I nodded as he beckoned me to come outside. “I might have tried to install a new shelving system while he was fishing with Dad yesterday.” Ben had told me that it was my practice, too, even though he was the vet and I was just the lab tech and assistant. I’d wanted to show him I could pull me weight. And I could…but unfortunately, the new shelving system could not.

I explained the catastrophe that had once been Ben’s tidy closet. Mom just said, “We can get Dad over there to take a look at it tomorrow morning. He gets a kick out of fixing other people’s messes.” One of the reasons my dad was the most popular real estate agent in Sheboygan was that he actually seemed to enjoy patching holes and installing crown molding, and it certainly helped with sales.

“You guys are the best parents. I don’t deserve you.”

Mom handed me the egg platter. “Pay me back by making sure Grandpa’s having a decent time, okay?”

“You got it.” I grinned. “I’m a ray of sunshine. I even dressed the part.” I kissed her cheek and scooted through the open sliding door to the deck, where I set the platter on a table already crowded with food.

A warm hand closed over my arm. “Finally,” Ben said, his voice full of gentle teasing.

I leaned my head back and let him kiss me, savoring the taste of taste of beer on his lips. “Mm. I think I read somewhere that anticipation is a fine aphrodisiac.”

He laughed, and it accentuated the adorable dimple in his right cheek. “Is that what this is? I thought maybe you were avoiding me because of the supply closet.”

“You weren’t scheduled to go in until tomorrow!”

His arm slid around my waist, and he pulled me against his muscular body. “I had to go pick up some eyedrops for Barley.” His aging golden retriever was falling apart at the seams, but Ben was determined to give him a good life for as long as possible. “And it’s okay, really. It’ll be easy to fix.”

I buried my face against his shoulder. “You are amazing.”
He tipped my chin up. “And I’m marrying an amazing woman. Come on. Your friend Chelsea’s just gotten here, and I know you haven’t see her in a while. Also, a couple of your aunts and uncles have already asked me when you’ll appear. We need to greet your guests.”

Your guests.

I laced my fingers with Ben’s and looked out over my parents’ sprawling backyard, crowded with my extended family and everyone from my mother’s book club to my preschool gymnastics coach. Chelsea, my best friend from college, lifted her glass and grinned from her spot at the makeshift bar next to the pool.

“They’re not all mine,” I said quietly. Feeling lame, I waved toward Franz, one of a handful of Ben’s patients (or, rather, the family members of Ben’s patients) I had invited to beef up his part of the guest list.

Ben laughed as Franz waved back enthusiastically, looking a little lost and desperate as he stood among a group of my parents’ church friends. “I’m really flattered he decided to come,” Ben said. “He’s much more comfortable surrounded by books and wine.” A professor of anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, Franz had invited us over to his home a time or two, where I spent the evening playing with his dachshund, Lemmie, and Ben and Franz huddled in his library discussing lofty topics they claimed were too boring for me to sit through.

“I’m glad he came, too.” I bit my lip. “But he’s not your family. We could have invited Asa, you know.”

Ben’s grip turned to iron. “You can’t be serious.”

“Come on, Ben. He’s your brother.”

“Listen, even if we could find him, and even if he were sober enough to show up, trust me—you don’t want my brother here.” His jaw clenched over the tremble in his voice. “And I don’t, either. He’s a criminal. A lowlife. He’s—”

“Ben, he’s the only family you’ve got left.” My heart ached for him. His mother had taken off when Ben was only a toddler, and he and Asa had been raised by their father, who died a few years back. “Weddings bring people together!”

“But with some people, that’s more of a curse than a blessing.”

“You don’t think he’d be happy for you?”

“Mattie, the last time we saw each other, he threatened to kill me.”

What?” My eyes went wide. “You never mentioned that before!”

He bowed his head and shrugged. “It was a long time ago, and I don’t like to talk about it. But Asa’s just…he’s messed up. He’s got rage inside of him. And he’s always been jealous of me. Do you think it would help if he got a good look at all of this?”

I leaned my head on his shoulder. “I just wish you two could find your way back to each other. Family is important.”

“I’m building a new family, Mattie. And there’s no one I’d rather do it with.” He shoved his left hand in his pocket, and I knew his fingers were running over his lucky agate. Just one of the odd, endearing habits that had made me fall deeper in love with him. I watched his face as he took a deep breath and closed his eyes. And when he opened them, he smiled down at me. His hand rose from his pocket to stroke my cheek. “You are so beautiful,” he murmured.

I shivered with sudden pleasure. His touch was like a drug to me, and I was the happiest of addicts. As his fingertips trailed down my throat, my entire body tingled, and my hands balled in the fabric of his shirt, barely keeping me from sliding my palms up under it to feel his bare skin. “Do you think anyone would notice if we disappeared for a few minutes?”

My old bedroom was a few steps away, and I was already envisioning myself on the bed. His grip on my hips would be bruising and delicious. My body was already slick and soft and hot. I felt like I was one deft touch away from having an orgasm, right there on the deck. Ben’s hand spread across my back, steadying me, and he glanced down at my flushed cheeks with an appreciative grin. “What were you saying about anticipation?”

“Screw it. Or, wait, screw me. That would be even better.”

“If someone doesn’t bring me a damn plate of food, I’m going to starve!” said a gravelly voice to my left.

Ben released me instantly and clasped his hands behind his back, like a little boy caught stealing. My reaction wasn’t much better—I slapped my hands over my warm cheeks and turned toward the source of the complaint. “Grandpa! I-I was just coming to find you.”

Grandpa looked up at me from his wheelchair. Dad had parked him in the corner of the deck so that he could look out over the lawn. His wide-brimmed straw hat shaded his watery, red-rimmed eyes, and his gnarled hands were clawed over the armrests. “Yes, that much was obvious.”

Great. Grandpa had probably heard every word of my scheme to sneak in a quickie with my boyfriend (fiancé!). I blushed from my forehead to my toes. Could I just control myself for once in my life? “What would you like, Grandpa? Summer roll? Deviled eggs?”

“Surprise me.”

Grabbing a plate and a napkin, I listened to Ben doing his best to make nice—and to Grandpa having none of it. I scooped up a few appetizers from each platter and turned just in time to see Ben reaching out to shake Grandpa’s hand. When my grandfather didn’t let go of the armrests, Ben saved face by giving Grandpa’s hand a friendly pat.

Grandpa jerked away like he’d been burned, first glaring at the back of his liver-spotted hand and then up at Ben. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” he snapped.

Ben blinked down at his fingers, the shock on his face similar to my own. “I’m…sorry?”

“You should be,” Grandpa growled. “Don’t think I don’t know what you’re up to, boy.”

“Try the eggs!” I said, rushing forward with the plate and nearly tripping in my strappy sandals. Stepping between my gaping fiancé and the tight-lipped old man who for some inexplicable reason had chosen the occasion of my engagement party to lose his mind, I put the plate in Grandpa’s lap because hey, snacks can fix nearly anything. (Despite everything that’s happened, I still believe that.)

“Mattie, I think I’m going to…um…I’m going to go make sure Franz is having a good time,” Ben said.

I threw him and apologetic look over my shoulder. “I’ll be there in a few.”

Grandpa didn’t touch the food. His hands were shaking as I knelt next to him, my sunny skirt fanning around me. “Grandpa,” I said gently. “Are you okay?”

“Don’t take that tone with me,” he said, though his voice had lost its edge. “My hospice nurse uses the same damn voice when I dare to express an opinion about anything other than whether I would or would not care for raisins in my oatmeal.” His tremulous fingers clutched at mine, and he sighed. “Never get old, Mattie.”

“I won’t.” My chest squeezed with regret. Just a few weeks ago, the doctors had announced he only had months to live. He looked okay—apart from the rattling couch that kept him up nights and fatigue and pain meds that made him groggy during too many of his waking hours—but lung cancer was taking him down. After the doctors’ verdict, my parents had shipped him all the way to Wisconsin from his home in Arizona so they could take care of him until the end. They’d said it was the best thing for him, and to my surprise he hadn’t objected. But he didn’t seem happy about it—especially because everyone was tiptoeing around him like he was going to keel over any second. I tried to take a different approach. “Hey. In exchange for not using the you’re-a-crazy-old-man voice, I want to know what just happened with Ben.”

He grunted. “It was nothing.”

“Nothing? You refused to shake my fiancé’s hand! I mean, if you overheard us just now, that was as much my fault as—”

“Mattie, how much do you know about him, really?”

“We’ve been together for three years!”

“That doesn’t mean you know his secrets.”

I frowned. “How about you tell me what you’re getting at?”

Grandpa rubbed at his chest as he looked over at the lawn, where Ben was mingling like a pro. “Ask him.”

Frustration began to creep in. Seriously, he had to pick this night to get all protective of my virtue? They’d spoken for two minutes. What could have gone that wrong that fast? “Grandpa, what did he say to you that has you this upset?”

“Find out everything you can about him. You owe it to yourself.” He turned back to me, his chin trembling. “You and I haven’t spoken much since your grandma died.”

I looked away, ashamed. “I’m sorry. I should have written more.” Or called. Or visited.

“Come have lunch with me tomorrow?”
“I have to work.”

“Tuesday, then.”

“Okay.” I’d have to arrange with Jan, our practice manager, to cover the waiting room during what was usually her lunch break, but that wasn’t anything a box of Girl Scout cookies couldn’t fix.

“Mattie?” Ben called from the lawn. “The girl cousins are here.” His tone said, Help.

My aunt Rena’s four teenage daughters were a handful. I stood up and smoothed my skirt. “I’d better get down there before they stick one of their iPhones in Dad’s speaker dock and turn this into a rave.”

Grandpa squinted at me. “Are you speaking English?”

“Never mind.” I rubbed his shoulder. “Enjoy those eggs.”

I floated over to Ben, the incident already behind me. This was my engagement party, and I was marrying the love of my life. Nothing—and especially not my cranky old grandpa—was going to ruin it.

Re-printed with permission from 47North, copyright © 2016 by Sarah Fine



3 Finished Copies of RELIQUARY (US Only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

7/17: Polished Page-Turners – Spotlight
7/18: The Eater of Books – Excerpt
7/19: Behind Closed Covers – Spotlight
7/20: Gone with the Words – Excerpt
7/21: Reading is Better with Cupcakes – Excerpt
7/22: Supernatural Snark – Q&A
7/23: Quite the Novel Idea – Spotlight
7/24: The Book Cellar – Review
7/25: Fiction Fare – Q&A
7/26: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A
7/26: Emily Reads Everything – Review
7/27: Stuck in Books – Excerpt
7/27: Reads All the Books – Review
7/28: Ex Libris – Review
7/28: BCS Reviews – Review
7/29: kimberlyfaye reads – Review
7/29: Wandering Bark Books – Review
7/30: Lost in Lit – Review
7/30: Bookish Lifetsyle – Review
7/31: Don’t Fold the Page – Review
7/31: Miranda’s Book Blog – Review


About Sarah Fine

Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Disney Princess Book Tag

20th Jul 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Tags

The Disney Princess Tag was originally created by Soudha of Stacks and Cups, and thanks to Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books for the graphic! I was tagged by her and Lindsey @ Bring My Books for this awesomely perfect book tag. Here we go!

3 Princess Facts

  1. The first movie I saw in theaters was The Little Mermaid when I was 3. I loved it! I remember the sequence with Ariel’s sisters in particular, and when we got home I found an Ariel Barbie under my pillow!
  2. Belle is my favorite princess, with Tiana, Rapunzel, and Ariel close behind. But I love all the princesses really ;)
  3. It’s a bit strange: Cinderella is not my favorite princess or Disney movie, but I LOVE Cinderella adaptations! The Disney live action is a favorite, as is Ever After and A Cinderella Story. I also adore the musical and I love Ella Enchanted and other Cinderella inspired books. It’s a classic tale for a reason.


Wuthering Heights: unpopular opinion time? Haha. I loved Wuthering Heights when I first read it in high school and I’ve read it 6 times since then. Everyone is unlikeable but so interesting and I love the violence of the language and setting.


I couldn’t put The Raven King down for obvious reasons, it was SO compelling and I had to know what was going to happen! I can’t remember the last time I stayed up til 1am reading a book (I fall asleep by 10pm most nights).


If we’re going purely book, I adore Anne and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. That letter! The looks! *swoons* But if we’re talking movies I could watch every day, I love Emma & Mr Knightley so much, and of course I love Elizabeth & Darcy’s romance too.


The Realms of the Gods had all of this. Daine has to choose between saving her world, her friends, and her love or being with her parents and all the gods in the other realm, which is very tempting. She’s sacrificing someone she loves either way and has to fight to get back to her friends and save Tortall from destruction. It was very tense and emotional!


Essie is self-sufficient, badass, and brave. She repairs mechanical droids and cage fights, and has much more going on underneath the surface. I loved her character in Stitching Snow! She can hold her own and doesn’t take crap from anyone, including Dane. But she’s smart and learns when to ask for help and who to trust when she needs to.


Rook. Sophia Bellamy isn’t content with just marrying a man for his wealth or staying at home, which is why she becomes the daring spy Red Rook and sets her mind to saving innocent people from the dungeons of revolutionary Paris in this alternate future world (that feels like 18th century France). She’s the embodiment of so many characteristics that she is told aren’t appropriate for young women in her world.


Every Word. This entire book was a roller coaster of emotions! I was so anxious and tense the entire time. But parts of the book are also funny, tender, and really sexy, until everything turns terrible again. There’s a lot going on! You’ll be left wanting the final book immediately.


As much as I want to say And I Darken because Lada is the epitome of kick ass, I have to go with Alanna: The First Adventure because Alanna is the epitome of Mulan! Disguising herself as a man to become a warrior, besting all of the men in her class, falling in love, being discovered and shunned as a woman but then saving the world and being accepted as a female warrior. Mulanna ;)


Han Alister is the epitome of a self-made man in The Demon King. He goes from ruling the streets of Ragmarket to mastering his wizardry and becoming enmeshed in Seven Realms politics and the Gray Wolf queendom.


I have a feeling that Rapunzel would be as taken with Jack from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart as Beatrix is. Art features heavily in the book, both traditional and non-traditional forms, and it affects almost every relationship. Jack is the main artist that comes to mind, but Beatrix is an accomplished artist in her own right.


One of my favorite things about The Raven Boys (and The Raven Cycle in general) is Blue’s relationship with the adult women in her life, particularly her mother Maura. They’re really close and you can feel the love between them. I also like that Maura can vacillate between being motherly and talking to Blue like an equal. They discuss everything and sometimes fight, sometimes keep secrets, but the mother-daughter bond is always there and it’s strong.


The Summer After You and Me has a very real sibling relationship, which blossoms into something great, which I liked. Lucy and Liam are twins that used to be close as kids and have really grown apart. And honestly, Liam is a jerk to Lucy for most of the book. However, the last 20% or so you see them talk through their issues and differences and embrace their sibling relationship as friendship also; I liked the arc of their relationship with each other.

I’m tagging any Disney fans who want to participate! Let me know what you think of my selections in the comments below!


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe

18th Jul 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Choose Us by Caylie MarcoeChoose Us by Caylie Marcoe
Series: Xtreme Bachelor #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: April 4th 2014
Pages: 264
Format: eBook | Source: Gifted
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

Riley Logan and Travis Grayson have been best friends for the last fifteen years. She would do anything for him, go anywhere for him...and she has, countless times. Except now. Now he's asking for too much. Their friendship has reached a breaking point and she doesn't know how to go back. But as Travis' personal assistant, Riley spends her every waking moment by his side. When a fractured ankle puts Travis' BMX career on hold he's given more downtime than he knows what to do with. Always one for excitement, he agrees to become the bachelor on a televised dating show, but only if Riley goes in undercover to help weed through the girls. What was supposed to be eight weeks of freedom has turned into eight weeks of hell surrounded by desperate girls all vying for Travis' attention. He promised her the show would be smooth sailing. He promised he would listen to her advice on which girls should be eliminated. But now he's breaking those promises and getting way too close to the girl Riley despises the most. She shouldn't care. Except she does. Much to her surprise there is one girl she wants Travis to choose... Her. Will she get what she wants, or will Riley lose her best friend along with getting her heart broken on national television?

As y’all know, I love a good “from friendship to dating” tale! That combined with The Bachelor – well it was a good read! I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers because there’s so much more history between the characters. Nothing feels forced or “insta” and that causes for a stronger and more believable connection.

This is the story of Travis, a pro bmx rider, and Riley, his best friend of 15 years and his personal assistant. While taking a break from riding, Travis is offered to star as a bachelor in a new reality tv show. He’ll only accept the offer if Riley comes along and helps him weed out the bad girls. Riley reluctantly agrees and in doing so she not only joins Travis, but goes undercover as one of the contestants vying for Travis’ love. In that process, the dynamic between our two main characters begins to shift and they are left trying to figure out what to do about their feelings since, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

I felt for Riley because she had the tough job of having to balance being honest with Travis about the girls without coming off as petty to viewers. When the show ended, her life would still be impacted by what the audience thought of her. As feelings began to emerge it really threw the course of the show for a spin and, as a viewer, I would’ve totally been rooting her! I like that the author had Riley build the onscreen friendships she did because it added to the plot and kept Choose Us from being solely based on the love story. The friendships were strong and that kept me wondering how those friendships would hold up when the girls found out who Riley really was.

One of my favorite things about Caylie Marcoe‘s writing style was her detailed description of scenes! She truly did an amazing job at describing in great detail the different settings and it really helped to visualize the story as it was happening.

My pet peeve with Choose Us was with Riley’s character and how difficult she could be at times. I understood the predicament she was in, but the tantrums she’d throw just seemed a bit much at times. Granted, I could never go through the process of a tv show like The Bachelor, but if I somehow found myself in her situation then I would have placed more trust in my bestfriend.

All in all, this was a good quick read and I think those that would enjoy it most are my fellow  The Bachelor fans. This concept of having someone on the inside really peaked my interest! There are SO many times when us viewers get to see the true colors of contestants and it’s mind boggling how the bachelor/bachelorette continues to keep them around. A season with this kind of a twist would be super interesting to watch!


Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Bitsy Words: Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley

15th Jul 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley

Bitsy Words: Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera MaleyDating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
Published by Author
Pub Date: July 30th 2014
Pages: 242
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Katie Hammontree and Sarah Cooper have been best friends since the 2nd grade. Katie's welcoming, tight-knit family is a convenient substitute for Sarah when her distant parents aren't around, and Sarah's abrasive, goal-oriented personality gels well with Katie's more laid-back approach to life.
But when a misunderstanding leads to the two of them being mistaken for a couple and Sarah uses the situation to her advantage, Katie finds herself on a roller coaster ride of ambiguous sexuality and confusing feelings. How far will Sarah go to keep up the charade, and why does kissing her make Katie feel more alive than kissing her ex-boyfriend Austin ever did? And how will their new circle of gay friends react when the truth comes out?

This is the kind of fluff I’m always looking for! I read Dating Sarah Cooper in about 4 hours and I really loved it. First of all, Katie and Sarah are extremely likeable despite the very unlikeable fake dating scenario they find themselves in at the start of the book. I loved their voices (especially Sarah) and I really liked the other characters as well. Not all of them were super fleshed out but there’s a good bit of “more than meets the eye” going on.


I also adored Katie’s parents and how close and supportive they were of her. One of my favorite scenes is when they reassure her they’ve always “known” about Katie because Katie isn’t even sure what she knows about herself! It was very sweet, but also kind of hilarious and a good turning point. Their quarterly family date night was such a fun idea too!

Not being LGBT myself (but knowing this book comes highly recommended from people who are), I thought Dating Sarah Cooper did a really wonderful job of exploring sexuality, prejudice, and how that all gets confused and fits into high school life. I loved watching Katie’s journey especially, the way she explained and sorted through her feelings, and gosh, this book was just CUTE ok!?! And had some very swoony kissing and really nice friendships. I totally loved it.



Morgan @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Giveaway: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

13th Jul 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Giveaways

Giveaway: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Giveaway: Afterward by Jennifer MathieuAfterward by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Pub Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

Friends!! Happy Wednesday! Today the wonderful Jennifer Mathieu is sponsring a great giveaway of her upcoming novel, Afterward, along with some cool swag!


ARC of AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu Giveaway


Good luck!



About Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to middle and high school students. She won the Teen Choice Debut Author Award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for her first novel, The Truth About Alice. She is also the author of Devoted and Afterward. She lives in Texas with her husband, son, dog, and two cats. Read about her books on her website!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: The Summer After You And Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

11th Jul 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: The Summer After You And Me by Jennifer Salvato DoktorskiThe Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: May 5th 2015
Pages: 306
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
4 Stars

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

The Summer After You and Me was such a delightful way to kick off the summer! I really enjoyed it. I grew up 5 minutes from the Jersey Shore myself, about an hour north of the town the book is set in, and it brought back all of these beach memories :)

The book takes place not long after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012, so there is definitely a somber tone throughout that’s balanced by the feeling of hope in the air. The town is rebuilding, everyone’s working to get back on their feet; it’s not without setbacks, but Seaside Park is getting there.

I really liked Lucy a lot; her interest in marine life and her academic drive coupled with her love of her hometown was refreshing! I loved her inner monologue, her love of the ocean, and her varied interests. I also loved her relationships with the people in her life. There was a lot of drama, included love triangles, but it felt like very realistic teenage drama. The ache of having seasonal friends, fighting with your parents, growing pains within your friend group, feeling replaced, realizing that you and your boyfriend might not have been meant to be more than best friends, competing with your sibling, and all the other stress that goes along with being in high school.

The thing I liked most is that everyone has these moments where they realize people make mistakes. And it takes work to get relationships back on track but it was refreshing to see them apologize to each other, to be mature and really work on their friendships.

Sometimes the dialogue was cheesy and oh gosh years of missed opportunities is the worst, but the romance was also very sweet although I can’t say I shipped anything very much. I did like Connor and the shared history between him and Lucy. Sometimes the flashbacks got confusing and I couldn’t tell whether I was reading about present day or not.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to contemporary fans. It wasn’t earth-shattering but I could feel the ocean breeze and smell the boardwalk food. It has a unique New Jersey flavor mixed with summer romance and real relationships between family and friends, which was very appealing.

Have you read TSAYAM yet? What other summer books do you love? And have you ever been “down the shore”? Let me know in the comments!


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Bitsy Words: From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

8th Jul 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Blog Tours, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Bitsy Words: From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

Bitsy Words: From This Day Forward by Lauren LayneFrom This Day Forward by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #0.5
Published by Pocket Star
Pub Date: June 6th 2016
Pages: 103
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale's career is on the rise - thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah's way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter's wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes - until she finds out who she'll be working with.

Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah's heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he's working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to give him the cold shoulder. Despite his persistence, she is not going to fall for his charming, impish ways again. Not even if he still has that killer, irresistible smile...

I went into this novella thinking it was written as way of introducing us to The Wedding Belles series as a whole. I expected it to tease us a bit and was really looking forward to meeting the characters. What I got was a mini standalone – and I loved it!

This was my first Lauren Layne book and I’ve already added her other series to my TBR. Her writing style captures you in a way that makes you feel connected to her characters. I got to know them so much more in this short story than I have past characters with 300+ pages. These 100 pages really packed a punch!

From This Day Forward is the story of Leah and Jason who are both successful wedding photographers in their early 30s. After having dated for a couple of months, their relationship came to an abrupt end and they haven’t seen or spoken to each other in a year. Leah is offered the opportunity of working the former First Daughter’s wedding, but she isn’t thrilled about having to work it with Jason. I loved how strong and assertive of a female lead Leah played and I couldn’t get enough of how much Jason loved to rattle her. He had an amazing ability to unnerve both her and me! Lol There’s crazy chemistry between the pair and, as the reader, you will find yourself rooting hard for these two!

“Nothing had burned hotter than him and Leah together. And nothing had been quite so cold as the year that followed, when Leah had iced him out of her life entirely.” 

This was a great way to kick off The Wedding Belles series and I can’t wait to read the next book, To Have and to Hold!


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.

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

6th Jul 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Up in Flames by Abbi GlinesUp In Flames by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: June 28th 2016
Pages: 256
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.

The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.

I could not have been more pleased when I saw the news that this final book would give us Nan’s story! In this world, there is “evil” and there is “misunderstood” and with everything you learn about Nan from the other books in the Rosemary Beach series, I always felt she was just misunderstood and her anger misdirected. Nan needed a voice and Abbi Glines did an incredible job at giving her a story!

“Villains were created, not born.” 

Nan didn’t have the ideal childhood. Sure she came from money, but she never felt the love of parents who genuinely cared for her and the only person who’s ever been in her corner was her brother Rush, whom we first met in Fallen Too Far. Over the course of this series, Nan has seen the men around her (Rush, Grant, etc.) fall in love and change for the different women in their lives. As if growing up without a loving parent wasn’t enough to cause insecurity in just about anyone, seeing all these transformations has really led Nan to believe that she is not worthy enough to cause the same reaction in any man.

“I wanted to be someone’s Harlow. Or Blaire. But I’d always just be Nan. And Nan wasn’t enough. I never had been, and I was done trying to be.” 

In Up in Flames, Nan finds herself in a bit of a love triangle between Major and Cope, who we’ve met and heard about in earlier books. When dealing with love triangles, I usually choose my pick early on and this story was no different. Although both characters had their charming bits, one stood out more than the other to me and it reminded me why Abbi Glines quickly became one of my favorite authors! Not everyone is easy to love, but Glines was able to create the perfect person for Nan; someone who would not only understand her but also bring out the best in her. I didn’t walk away feeling like “well that was convenient” in the least. It felt genuine and I was 100% invested in this story!

Although this could pass as a standalone, I wouldn’t recommend reading it as such. Having read the other books is what really makes this story because it allows you to truly appreciate the tremendous growth of Nan’s character. Abbi Glines didn’t go into the history of the characters as much so reading this book as part of the series is what really gives you a better understanding. It also doesn’t hurt that this entire series is fantastic!

My only con for Up in Flames is that I wish we would’ve gotten a prettier bow to wrap up the series as a whole. Abbi Glines wrapped up her other big series Sea Breeze in a huge way and I was really looking forward to the same with the conclusion of Rosemary Beach. I was pretty bummed out to not have that happen. Either way, I am a huge Abbi fan and look forward to her future books!


Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

5th Jul 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Top Ten Tuesday

This topic is a new way to talk about underrated books in a more technical way, especially when underrated is subjective. The way I did this — in my Goodreads read list, I added a column for # of ratings, then sorted them by that!


Adult Reads


The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Truly by Ruthie Knox
When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
Unbound by Cara McKenna
Unforgettable by Shannon Richard


YA Reads

Brazen by Katherine Longshore
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins



Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

The Captain America Book Tag

4th Jul 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Tags

The Captain America Book Tag

Thanks to Alexa for the fantastic idea to make my own Captain America book tag! She helped me finalize a couple of the questions too. And thank you to my husband Chris for making me the awesome graphic, which you are more than welcome to use if you credit me :) Let’s get started!

Steve Rogers/Captain America: a book with a big character transformation
Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Ginny changes enormously from Chamber of Secrets to OotP. She’s still the awesome girl she always was but she really begins to come into her own in this book. She becomes friends with a wide circle of people, starts to date in earnest, joins the Quidditch team, and is an integral member of Dumbledore’s Army. Ginny is also a powerful, intelligent witch with a talent for defensive magic who’s not afraid to stand up for herself or her friends… much like Steve Rogers :)


Peggy Carter: a book with a strong female protagonist
The Lunar Chronicles – I love that TLC has a variety of female protagonists that are strong in different ways. Cinder is a gifted mechanic, Scarlet is independent and good at solving mysteries, Cress learns to be brave and can hack into anything electronic, and Winter is emotionally strong. They all have to fight to survive at one point, both for their lives and for their relationships.


Bucky Barnes: a book with your ultimate BROTP
The best BROTP without question is Ronan Lynch and Blue Sargent in The Raven Cycle. I love them so much! They work so well together because they complement each other in opposite ways- different brands of the same impossible stuff. I live for their evolving relationship throughout the series, the way they snipe at each other but protect each other at all costs. The cave scenes at the beginning and end of Blue Lily Lily Blue are two of my favorite Blue/Ronan moments.


Howling Commandos: a book with squad goals
The Inner Court at Rhysand’s Night Court in A Court of Mist and Fury is so amazing. There’s so much history between all five of them and it shows in their individual relationships and personalities. Plus you know that despite the teasing and arguing, at the end of the day they’ll go to war for one of their own.


Red Skull: a book with a cliche plot
Throne of Glass – the first book definitely feels the most cliche out of them all (love triangle, a deadly competition, evil king) but that doesn’t make it a bad book! It just happens to hit everything on the fantasy checklist.


Natasha Romanoff: a book with a snarky side character
Derrick the pixie is my faaaavorite character in The Falconer (and there are a lot of good ones to choose from!). He’s hilarious and very snarky, especially after a thimbleful of honey, which is like alcohol to pixies. I like that he’s secretive and emotional because it adds to the snark in his friendship with Aileana when she asks questions he doesn’t want to answer.


Sam Wilson: a book with a friendship meet cute.
If I recall correctly, in Since You’ve Been Gone Emily is working at an ice cream parlor and Dawn runs in from the pizza place next door to avoid her cheating boyfriend and bff. She’s upset and spills her guts to Emily without knowing her, but Emily listens sympathetically and ends up going to deliver pizzas with her so she can cross an item off of her dare list. It’s unplanned, spontaneous, and a total meet cute than turns into a real friendship. Adorable :)


Winter Soldier: a book with a great twist (plot twist or retelling)
I remember the twist at the end of Catching Fire made my jaw drop. I thought it was brilliant and led into the last book perfectly.


I’m Just A Kid from Brooklyn: a book with a memorable setting/character backstory
The Wood in Uprooted could count as both a character and a memorable setting! An evil sentient wood with hundreds of years of history, bloodshed, and heartache is definitely memorable.


Do You Two…. Fondue?: a book with a love triangle
For some reason Siege and Storm comes to mind, mostly because I can picture Nikolai cheekily asking Alina and Mal if they fondue *wink wink*. I can just ask easily picture Mal asking Nikolai the same thing, albeit with a bit more jealousy behind it haha.


You’ve Been Asleep, Cap: a book you love with a dual timeline/time travel
Outlander works so well here as Claire does wake up in a different time, twice. She’s disoriented like Steve Rogers and has to adjust quickly to her surroundings, all while wondering what happened to her loved ones. It’s tragic. Plus Outlander uses time travel brilliantly in its plot throughout the series and I love it.


Til The End Of The Line: a book with the OTP to end all OTPs
I could do this all day ;) But since I’ve been gently nudging everyone on twitter to read Every Breath lately, I’m going with James Mycroft and Rachel Watts. Wattscroft is a truly remarkable ship and a worthy OTP. It’s not always smooth sailing and they both suffer from traumatic events that manifest themselves in different ways. But they love each other so much and they communicate. They always find a way back to each other and would 100% go til the end of the line. Plus their banter is terrific and swoony, and the sexual tension is intensely hot! Surprise kisses and ankle grabs for the win.


I Had A Date: a book with a cliffhanger
The Orphan Queen and A Dance With Dragons both end with very similar, VERY CRUEL, very in-the-moment cliffhangers. It was torture to wait for The Mirror King and I’m still waiting for The Winds of Winter. *glares angrily*


I Understood That Reference: a book with a pop culture reference
There are a ton of awesome pop culture references in My Lady Jane but the One Direction references in The Deal really made me grin :D And can we talk about the fact that there is a sexy car scene with 1D playing in the background, because that’s fantastic.

“Did you re-download One Direction?”
“Uh huh. So why is ‘Story of my Life’ playing?” I demand.
She pauses then lets out a big sigh. “Because I like One Direction. There. I said it.”
The Deal, page 273, kindle


I’m tagging:

Laura at Scribbles & Wanderlust
Wendy at Book Scents
Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
Meg at Cuddlebuggery
Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews
Gillian at Writer of Wrongs
Lindsey at Bring My Books
and anyone else who wants to participate!


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Contemporary Romance Challenge: July Link-Up

1st Jul 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: July Link-Up

Oh, hi there!!

Ok, well I’m over the heat. And it’s only July. *cries* All I really want to do is stay in my air-conditioned home and read, but I have to adult and go to work. Good thing good books have been keeping me company lately!! June was a slow reading month all around, but I think that’s typical. Hope you’re getting some great beach reads in!

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have June posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the June Link-up, which closes on July 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.


This month’s topic:

Ten Most Anticipated Romances for Second Half of 2016

Completely Yours by Erin Nicholas
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Into the Blue (Wild Aces #2) by Chanel Cleeton
My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young
Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1) by Denise Grover Swank
To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne


If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!




Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Bitsy Words: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller + Giveaway!

30th Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess, Tunes for Books

Bitsy Words: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller + Giveaway!

Bitsy Words: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller + Giveaway!The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: June 28th 2016
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback | Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4.5 Stars

From critically-acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a powerful new psychological page-turner perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Sara Zarr.

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving--the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The Devil You Know was just released in paperback and since I’ve read AND listened to the audiobook and have yet to post a review for it, I thought now would be a great time to do so, PLUS offer my friends a chance to win a copy!

Trish Doller delivers the perfect Summer suspense beach read in The Devil You Know. Not only is it a page-turner, it’s also SEXY AS HELL. Trish gives us TWO hot guys in this book, but only one of them is a good guy… the other one could turn out to be a straight up killer. DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

I love Trish’s writing. It’s always so lush and atmospheric. I could literally picture the outdoors in this one, as well as feel that humid heat. Grant it, the humidity is not a stretch for me to imagine considering I live in it here in Texas, but she made it to where you’ll feel it anywhere you live.

Audiobook lovers!

I re-read this through audio and OMG, IT WAS FANTASTIC! The audiobook only builds on the suspense in the story. The performance by Susannah Jones was spot on. I highly recommend you listen to this book.

Trish also has some really great visuals and music to go along with The Devil You Know



The Devil You Know by Trish Doller – Paperback Giveaway!



Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post