Soundtrack Saturday: Dare to Seduce

Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday! This week, I’m going to spotlight the book Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips. You can find my review for Dare to Seduce here.

Note: If you’re not mature reader (let’s go with 17+), then this post probably isn’t for you. Dare to Seduce is an adult contemporary romance and my song choices are mature.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

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Umm…I feel a little scandalous picking this book and the music to go with it because it’s definitely more of an erotic romance. I couldn’t help it, though. Picking the songs was just too funny.

A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

“I’m just a bachelor…looking for a partner…” Yeah, the beginning of this book is basically the main characters hooking up.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

Max might as well have sang George Michael’s I Want Your Sex to Lucy the minute he reconnected with her.

I couldn’t resist picking another song for Max: Color Me Badd’s I Wanna Sex You Up was just too good of a song choice to pass up!

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

Lucy and Max…

A song that fits the ending of the book:

Love Me Like You Do is a good song to describe Lucy and Max’s love for each other.


And that’s a wrap.

Review: Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips

26055768Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love #8) by Carly Phillips

Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Synopsis:

Max Savage has wanted Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember. Age and Lucy’s older brothers have kept Max from making a move until now. Max has a chance to make Lucy his and he’s not going to let anything stop him from making her his. He has the perfect plan to seduce her.


 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Dare to Seduce jumped right into the seduction immediately. Max wanted (to do brazen things to) Lucy. He didn’t hesitate making his move and desires known. Lucy didn’t seem to have a problem with that since they both had harbored secret feelings for each other for years and through other relationships.

Lucy may not have had a problem with the immediate seduction, but I kind of did. I get they had pent up sexual frustration from years of longing but it felt too quick to me. It’s not because I’m against jumping into the sack immediately in books. It happens all the time. But Lucy and Max were supposed to have this amazing connection based on past history. I was told they had this connection, but I didn’t feel the connection. I’m pretty sure it was because I didn’t get to read about their previous interactions except for from their thoughts. I would have liked a flashback or two to make me feel and believe it.

I started to like the story better once I got to know Max and Lucy better and they transitioned into a relationship. It was fun watching Max’s jealous side come out. And the sex scenes…Dang! They were hot.

I wish I would have connected as well with the characters in the first half of the book as I did in the second half of the book. The book was well written, but that initial missing connection made a book that could have been great good.

Dare to Seduce is part of the Dare to Love series but can be read as a standalone novel.

Other books in this series:

           

 

How I Read Books Tag

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The How I Read Books Tag is a tag that (gasp!) asks questions about how I read. Be prepared to be wowed. 😉

Thank you to Jesse @ Books at Dawn for tagging me for this fun tag!


How do you find out about new books to read?

I find books to read in many different ways. I like to read the book reviews in the BookPage magazine I pick up at my local library. Sometimes, friends tell me about books they’ve read or been told to read. I see books on Goodreads that friends have read or a group I’m in suggests reading. I’ve also been known to find random books on bookstore shelves. One of my favorite ways to find a new book/author is to Google “if I like ________’s books I’ll like”. Believe it or not I’ve found some great ones that way.


How has your taste in books changed since you got older?

It’s definitely become more romance driven. I think I’ve lost my imagination a bit because it’s a lot harder to read fantasy type stuff than it used to be.


How often do you buy books?

Way too often. (At least, that’s what my husband tells me!) I try to get most of my books from the library or on the cheap (Thanks, Bookbub!). If it’s an author I absolutely love I will buy books at full price. I have to be careful, though. If I spend too much in a month I definitely hear about it.


How did you get into book reviewing?

When I first joined a book group, I signed up for Book Movement. I started rating and kind of reviewing the books I was reading. Then, a friend introduced me to Goodreads and I went through and rated books for a while. I loved being able to see all of the reviews on there, so I started leaving them.

As for review blogging, several friends encouraged me for a couple of years to start my own blog before I worked up the courage to go for it.


How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

Huh. I’m not sure. I guess I may not read the next book by the author. I think the entire book would have to be completely horrible for me to really complain about it.


How often do you sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

The only time I sneak a peak at an ending is if it’s a paperback/hardback book and (1) if I have lost interest in the book or (2) I don’t like what I’m reading.


Tag, you’re it:

 

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Claire @ Art and Soul

Michelle @ Mishi Reads

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Before the Blog: Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

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Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Publication Date: November 21, 1999

Publisher: Abacus Software

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a young woman is drawn into a rocky, disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple—a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family’s vacation home in Fortune’s Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father’s, whose new book about mill-town labourers has caused a sensation. Olympia is captivated by his thinking, his stature, and his drive to do right—even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor—a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age—come together in an unthinkable, torturous, hopelessly passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era. Olympia is cast out of the world she knows, and Fortune’s Rocks is the story of her determination to reinvent her broken life—and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.

A meditation on the erotic life of women, an exploration of class prejudices, and most of all a portrayal of the thoughts and actions of an unforgettable young woman, Fortune’s Rocks is a masterpiece of narrative drama, beautifully written by one of the most accomplished novelists of our time.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

Fortune’s Rocks was one of the first audio books I ever listened to. My boss had checked it out from the library and lent it to me when she was done with it. I was fascinated by the story and loved listening to it.

 When did you read this book? 

My best guess is around 2005-2006.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that likes a good historical novel.

Review: Hellion by Elle Casey

Hellion (Rebel Wheels #2) by Elle Casey

Publication Date: November 30, 2015

Publisher: Elle Casey

Synopsis:

Quinlan Torres is planning ahead for her future. She needs to finish college and get out on her own. She also has a lot of responsibilities: school work, her younger brother Jersey, and helping her best friend win back her deceased father’s company. The last thing Quin has time for is a guy.

If only Quin’s best friend didn’t have a boyfriend with a smoking hot brother. Maybe then she could actually stick to her plan. But each time they see each other, they get closer and closer to combusting…


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Last week I read Rebel, the first book in the Rebel Wheels series. I loved it. It was a fun NA romantic suspense. There were so many great one liners in it. It didn’t quite end in a cliffhanger, but there were still some unanswered questions. So, of course, I had to read Hellion.

Hellion was just as much fun to read as Rebel. Quin was just as snarky and hilarious as Teagan. She has such a potty mouth! I loved getting to know her and her family better. Her family — Jersey especially — was so cool. It was also fun to see her get all flustered by Rebel’s brother(s).

In keeping with the book description, I won’t tell you which brother Quin falls for. I’ll just say the tension between them was incredible. So were their hot and heavy moments.

I really enjoyed reading Hellion. It was almost as amazing as Rebel. My only big complaint was how quickly the story wrapped up. There was a huge build up to Quin and her hellion getting together, but once they were their relationship moved too quickly for me. I can’t explain it without giving too much away. It didn’t ruin the story, I just found it a little unbelievable. That being said, it didn’t ruin the book for me or keep me from wanting to read the next book in the series.

Other books in this series:

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WWW Wednesday: November 18, 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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I am reading an ARC of Lauren Layne’s Steal Me from NetGalley right now. It’s a fun contemporary romance. This is the second book in the New York’s Finest series about a family of cops.

I’ve still got Kim Holden’s All of It and S.C. Stephen’s Thoughtful on hold I plan on finishing those two, but it will be after few other books that I need to finish.


Recently finished:

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This past weekend, I finished up the Rebel Wheels series. It was a lot of fun.

I also read the fifth book in the More Than series by Jay McLean called More Than Enough. It was quite the emotional roller coaster. It might be my favorite of the series.

Hellion (Rebel Wheels #2) review

Trouble (Rebel Wheels #3) review to come soon

More Than Enough (More Than #5) review


Reading Next:

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Yes, this is still on my reading next list. I didn’t get a chance to start it last week. Turns out it’s not due for another week. I know, I know. I want to read it. I’m not sure why I’ve put it off.

I’m also going to read Carly Phillip’s eighth Dare to Love book called Dare to Seduce. I feel a little weird having those two pictures next to each other…


What are you reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.

Now, I’ve participated in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge twice this year, so I’m going to try not to use the same quotes. I might pick others from the same books, but I want this to be fresh and new for my readers. Here we go!


Quote #1

“I don’t want to say that I feel complete when I’m with him— because I’m complete without him— but when I’m with him I feel like a better version of myself.”

Claire Contreras, Kaleidoscope Hearts 


Quote #2

“I’m not going to drown in what I can’t change.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste


Quote #3

“Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.

Kim Holden, Bright Side


Quote #4

“Bendy straws are the shit, dude.”

Kim Holden, Gus


Quote #5

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.”

Jojo Moyes, Me Before You


Quote #6

“No matter how many words we get, there’s always going to be the last one, and one word is never enough.”

Amy Harmon, Infinity + One


Quote #7

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

Colleen Hoover, Confess


Quote #8

“If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.”

Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love


Quote #9

“I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better.”

Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love


Quote #10

“I realized that people’s reactions had more to do with them, more to do with who they were, than anything about me.”

Mia Sheridan, Archer’s Voice


BONUS Quote! (Because if you’re reading this, I’m 99.9% sure you’re a reader and will appreciate this one.)

“Reading is an escape from the outside world. Everyone needs a little of that to keep their sanity.”

Kim Holden, Bright Side


I loved, loved, loved this theme. I felt like I could have gone on and on forever! But then it wouldn’t have been a Top Ten list and I already gave you a bonus quote. Honestly, I was tempted to just do 10 quotes from November 9 and called it good. Lol. I love that book.

So, which of these quotes was your favorite? Has any of them made you want to read one of these books?

More Than Enough

More Than Enough (More Than #5) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: November 5, 2015

Synopsis:

Returning home with a war injury wasn’t in Dylan’s plans. He’s supposed to be with his unit fighting for everything that’s important. Instead he’s stuck at home trying to avoid memories that won’t leave him alone.

Then Dylan finds peace in a place he never expected.

What starts out as a refuge for Dylan quickly becomes more. She gets him. She gets his pain. She has her own demons to fight, but being together seems to ease both their pain.

Love wasn’t in the plans for either of them, but there’s no denying the love they’ve found. But in the face of demons, sometimes love isn’t enough.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


If you haven’t read More Than This (my review), More Than Her (my review), More Than Him (my review) and More Than Enough (my review) you will want to start at the beginning of the series. This book is the fifth book in the series and each book piggy backs off the last one.

I’ve been patiently waiting for More Than Enough to be released ever since I read the rest of the More Than series this summer. I was crossing my fingers for a book about Dylan-Heidi book. I thought we would probably get the history of them falling in love and then their present situation. What I got was something I wasn’t expecting — and I loved it.

I don’t want to give too much away (including our lucky heroine), but I will say this. More Than Enough was an emotional journey filled with ups and downs. It was about two people finding love despite the anger, grief and loss they were individually dealing with. It was heartbreaking and it was inspirational. More Than Enough was a beautiful story of redemption. And while Lucy and Cameron may still be my favorite More Than couple, More Than Enough is now my favorite More Than story.

I’m really hoping this isn’t the end of the More Than series. I’m hoping Jay McLean will give us more from this amazing group of friends and family.

Other books in this series:

Review: Rebel by Elle Casey

Rebel Rebel (Rebel Wheels #1) by Elle Casey

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Elle Casey

Synopsis:

For college senior Teagan Cross, money has never been a problem. Her wealthy father has always given her everything and anything she wanted.Teagan always thought he would support her until she was able to support herself. But one phone call changes everything. Teagan has no money, no way to live. Now, she’s going to have to learn to survive without her daddy’s riches.

What Teagan lacks in job experience, she makes up with in determination and guts. She’s not about wind up in the gutter. So she starts her job search and ends up at Rebel Wheels.

Teagan can’t help but be attracted Rebel. He’s more man than she’s ever met before. But Teagan isn’t about to do anything to cost her the job she so desperately needs. She’s going to suck it up and stay away from the boss…

NOTE: This story contains sex, foul language, adult situations and violence. It is not appropriate for young readers.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I absolutely loved Rebel from beginning to end. It was so entertaining! It had a little bit of everything. It was funny, mysteriously, romantic and super steamy all wrapped up in one.

Teagan’s point of view was so much fun to read. I loved her snarky toughness and determination. She knew what she wanted (most of the time) and went for it. I never thought it would be so much fun to read about someone losing everything, but it was.

Rebel…He was the perfect strong and silent type. His silence and lack of words amped up his sexiness. I also loved the way he took care of Teagan — even when he didn’t really want to. And when they finally get together? Just…wow!

But Rebel was more than just a New Adult romance. There was a very interesting mystery involving Teagan’s father, too. The mystery was suspenseful and kept me on high alert the entire book.

I truly loved Rebel. I didn’t want it to end! I definitely plan on continuing to read the rest of the series. Rebel didn’t exactly end with a cliffhanger, but there were some questions left unanswered. That being said, it could be read as a standalone novel.

If you’re interested in reading Rebel, it is FREE through until Monday only! Get your copy now!

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**I received an electronic copy of Rebel from the author in for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Atria

Synopsis:

I tried to write my own synopsis, but everything I wrote sounded too much like the book blurb. Anything I would add to or write to change it would give too much away. I don’t want to give anything about this book away, so here’s the book blurb from Goodreads.

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


You know how every once in a while you get the question, “If you could spend one day / have lunch with an author, who would it be and why?” Well, I feel like I finally have a good answer to that question: Colleen freakin’ Hoover.

Why and what does this have to do with my review for November 9? I’ll tell you why. Because Colleen Hoover is a freakin’ genius. Seriously. I’ve always loved her books, but November 9 blew my mind in ways I didn’t expect.

It wasn’t so much the surprises Colleen Hoover had in store for the reader (Don’t worry — there were many great ones!), but the way she took my emotions played with them. My emotions were a blank piece of paper that she wrote something happy on, crumbled up and then threw in her garbage can — only to grab it out of the can, flatten them back out and write something happy again. And just when I thought all the creases were gone, she would do it all again. She managed to make me angry, smile from ear to ear, laugh and get teary eyed all in the matter of a few chapters.

To say I loved November 9 would be inadequate. I don’t have the words to say how much I adored this book.

I’m just going to leave it at that. You won’t get any more information from me on this book. It’s one you have to read and experience for yourself. And I highly suggest you do just that.