Review: Six of Crows

23437156Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


Six of Crows in one word: EPIC.

I read somewhere that Six of Crows is Oceans 11 meets A Game of Thrones. I couldn’t agree more. The plot was amazing. It had a criminal mission like Oceans 11 and a cool world and multiple view points like A Game of Thrones. There were also so many surprises I didn’t see coming. And I love being surprised!

What really made this book outstanding, though; was its characters. They were all so different and interesting. I loved reading their backstories. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. It didn’t matter that they were criminals. I wanted them to succeed and find the happiness they were all searching for.

Six of Crows is surrounded by a lot of hype. In my opinion, it’s worthy of said hype. I more than loved this book. I don’t have the words to even describe how I felt about it. I’m going to be telling everyone (inlcuding you!) to READ.THIS.BOOK.

Side note: I borrowed an electronic copy of Six of Crows from my local library. I really wish I would have borrowed a physical copy for two reasons:

1) I would have liked to have been able to flip back to the maps at the front of the book while reading the story.

2) I didn’t realize the story was going to end at 85% completion. There are acknowledgements and a sneak peak of Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy at the end. I thought I had more story but got a cliffhanger instead!

 

 

ARC Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

25317360My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge #2)

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: December 22, 2015

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Bailey Moore has a clean bill of health and new lease on life. She’s going to do things she never imagined she would be able to do. One of those things involves painting a mural. Luckily, she’s been contracted to do just that in Cedar Ridge, Colorado.

As soon as Bailey steps foot in Cedar Ridge, she meets Hudson Kincaid. Hudson’s the town cop/head of the ski patrol and a member of the family that contracted her to paint the mural. He’s also sexier than sin. Bailey quickly adds Hudson to the top of her to-do list.

Hudson Kincaid doesn’t have time for any distractions — especially the female kind. He’s way too busy with the ski patrol, being a cop and helping his family run their ski resort. But Hudson can’t resist brave and determined Bailey. She looks like a delicate flower, but the fire in her calls to him. Plus, he knows it’s only for now. Bailey’s got too much to do herself.

When their feelings for each other start to become more than just for today, Bailey and Hudson will have to decide whether to take a chance at forever.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I get excited every time I see Jill Shalvis is coming out with a new book. I know I can always count on her to write a contemporary romance that is going to make me smile. My Kind of Wonderful did exactly that.

My Kind of Wonderful is the kind of story I want to read when I reach for a contemporary romance. The storyline was cute and humorous. I loved Bailey and Hudson wanting each other but not wanting to fall in love with each other. It was steamy and sweet all at the same time. Jill Shalvis created lovable characters who I couldn’t help but root for.

Hudson and Bailey weren’t the only fun characters, though. Every character in My Kind of Wonderful added so much amusement to the story. The entire Kincaid family was entertaining. The way they interacted with each other was comical. Things got even funnier when you added in all of the people they came in contact with on the mountain.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted contemporary romance to put you in a great mood, I would highly suggest My Kind of Wonderful. It’s the second in the Cedar Ridge series and can be read after Second Chance Summer or as a standalone novel. You can find my review for Second Chance Summer here.

**I received an electronic ARC of My Kind of Wonderful from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Review: Rage by Elizabeth Reyes

25795634Rage (Fate #5) by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication Date: November 20, 2015

Synopsis:

Baseball player A.J. “Rage” Moreno  is known for his temper on and off the baseball diamond. When he was a teenager, he let himself become unhinged easily. As an adult he’s managed to tame his rage and channel it into his position as catcher with the San Diego Padres.

Addison Lara has one rule when it comes to dating: No baseball players. She learned that lesson the hard way. But thanks to her biggest mistake, she has a beautiful little girl. A little girl she’ll do anything to protect — including keeping the father’s identity a secret from everyone for as long as she lives.

When his catching coach introduces A.J. to his daughter Addison and granddaughter Claire, A.J. can’t help but fall in love with both of them fast. There’s something special about the mother and daughter duo.

As A.J. begins to get closer to them both, he begins lose his ability to channel his rage. He can’t help but feel possessive of the Lara girls. It doesn’t help that Addison’s relationship with Clair’s father is a secret she can’t or won’t share with him. A.J. has zero tolerance for secrets or lying and the situation will put his temper to the test.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


One of my favorite things about all of Elizabeth Reyes’ books is the way she creates strong male and female characters. The men are always alpha males with jealousy issues and the women are independent and stand up for themselves. The combination of those two types of characters leads to dynamic love stories because when they get together the chemistry is off the charts! Rage is the perfect example of that with A.J. and Addison.

A.J. was your typical hotheaded sports star — except he wasn’t a jerk. He had a huge heart and cared a lot about the people he loved. He won’t let anyone talk poorly about the people he loves. He sees red any time anyone mistreats them. He also has a jealous side that comes out when he thinks of Addison with anyone but him.

The way A.J. was with Addison’s daughter Clair was my favorite thing about him. He didn’t just placate her, he was actually interested in what the little girl had to say. I loved the way he was with Addison, too. He was willing to support her through (almost) anything.

Addison was a little harder to love all of the time but that’s what made the story so entertaining. The way she snuck around behind A.J.’s back to deal with Clair’s father was totally wrong but I could understand why she did it. I just couldn’t believe how long she did it knowing how irate it would make A.J.

Clair was my favorite character in the book. The little smartypants was just too dang cute! I couldn’t help but smile every time she talked to A.J. I loved that she was such a huge part of A.J. falling for Addison.

Rage was so much fun to read. The story was entertaining and fast-paced. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would highly suggest Rage or any other of Elizabeth Reyes’ books to contemporary romance readers.

Other books in this series:

Fate (Fate, #1) Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2) Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3) 

 

Before the Blog: My True Love Gave to Me

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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? 

20309175My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

We’re getting closer to the holiday season and this YA anthology is a really fun way to get into the spirit. Also, when I read this book I hadn’t read any of the authors except for Rainbow Rowell. It was a great way to find some great new authors.

 When did you read this book? 

December 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

YA readers

ARC Review: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

25058352Steal Me (New York’s Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Captain Anthony Moretti has chosen his path in life. He wants to be the police commissioner one day. Anth knows that becoming commissioner means giving up some of his other dreams: a wife and kids. He’s fine with that until Maggie Walker shows up in his family’s favorite diner.

Maggie didn’t always dream of being a waitress in a diner, but it pays the bills while she writes her first novel. Another added benefit to waitressing at the diner is getting to spend Sundays with the Moretti family — specifically Anthony Moretti. Too bad he hates her.

When Maggie unexpectedly becomes an informant in the toughest case of Anth’s career, he can’t help but throw professionalism out the door.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Steal Me was a light and fun contemporary romance. The chemistry between the characters was great and I liked each character’s backstory. Their separate histories added a lot to the story — especially Maggie’s. I also enjoyed the hunt for the criminal, which turned out to be her ex-husband. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the book blurb.)

It was fun to meet another Moretti cop. Anthony was a little uptight, but it was easy to understand why with his previous relationship history. The frustration he felt when making choices was interesting and understandable.

My favorite thing about Steal Me was Maggie, though. I thought her attraction to the grumpy Captain was cute. I loved the way she reacted to everything he did. I also liked her family history and the way she ended up dealing with them.

Steal Me is the second book in the New York’s Finest series. It can be read as a standalone novel or after reading Frisk Me. You can find my review for Frisk Me by clicking here.

**I received an electronic copy of Steal Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Release Day Blitz & Review: Red Hot Holidays Anthology

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

They have something they’d like to put in your stockings, because they’re definitely on Santa’s naughty list in these 17 all-new stories.

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About the Book:

NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 17 all-new, sweet to sexy books about love, romance, and the holidays.

Take a break and rip open this boxed set to cuddle up with these romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance books. These authors have pulled out all the stops, bringing back some of your favorite characters from their bestselling series for one more bite at the fruitcake or penning stories about new characters and new love!

For a limited time, you can pick up all 17 of these naughty men for a really great price! Over 1000 pages of love, laughter, and romance! From billionaires and filthy rich rock stars to undercover police and bear shifters, we’ve gathered all 17 passionate stories in one big box with a bow on top. This heart-pounding collection is filled with confident, sexy, and romantic men you’ll want to spend the holidays with.

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Red Hot Holidays Anthology is a hot and steamy set of books to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a little something for everyone: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, second chance romance and more.

One of my favorite stories in the Red Hot Holidays Anthology was Noel by J.C. Valentine. Noel was a nurse trying to avoid falling for her patient, hot cop Hunter. His hot body has her in a tizzy, but she’s going to stick with her oath of not dating patients…or she thinks she is until Hunter convinces her otherwise. Noel was a really fun, steamy read.

My other favorite was Winter Tryst by Mira Bailee. It was a short and sweet second chance romance where a man realizes the mistakes he’s made over the past year with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Those two were my favorites in the anthology, but all of the others were really good as well! A Cub for Christmas by Ella Dominguez was a fun story about an older woman falling for a younger man. Give and Take by Daisy Prescott was a cute story taking place on Whidbey Island that gives a look at the exciting Christmas happenings of several friends. Black Christmas by JC Andrijeski was an interesting Christmas tale about a couple that is apart but that can read each others minds to communicate and be intimate.

Those are just some of the incredibly fun Christmas-time stories that make up this anthology. I would highly suggest reading the Red Hot Holidays Anthology to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s only $0.99!

Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

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Review: Trouble by Elle Casey

Trouble (Rebel Wheels #3)  by Elle Casey

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

Synopsis:

Alissa Benson knows she’s a burden to her new roommates. She has no money, no job, no family, no boyfriend, no place to go…and she’s pregnant. Alissa knows she should be more thankful, but her nosy roommates won’t leave her alone. They’re pushy, swear like sailors and they have enough trouble of their own to deal with. All she wants is to escape in her books and not think about the future that is quickly coming.

If all that wasn’t enough, she has to deal with her roommate’s brother. One minute, Colin seems to despise her so much he can’t even look at her. The next, he won’t leave her alone. Colin’s super sexy and surprising sweet. Alissa knows she should just ignore him. He’s trouble and she has more important things to deal with.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Trouble was a really great ending to a fun series. I liked Alissa as the narrator for this one. Her perspective was so different from Teagan and Quin’s in the first two books. She was no where near as snarky and she didn’t use (much) foul language. I loved watching Alissa’s secrets unravel and learning more about her baby daddy situation.

My favorite thing about Trouble, though; was Colin. He was presented as such a trouble maker in the previous books. It was nice to find out even more why he was one and to see another side of him. I loved the way he wanted to take care of Alissa. I also adored his fascination with her pregnancy. It was really cute.

As for the rest of the Rebel Wheels cast and their storylines, I thought they were wrapped up nicely in Trouble. I loved the way everything worked out in the end. It was a lot of fun to read.

My only complaint about Trouble is that I would have loved to have read about what was going on in Colin’s head from his point of view. I wanted to know more about him. But all of the books in the series were written from the female point of view, so I understand why I didn’t get that.

If you’re looking for a fun, steamy New Adult romance with a bit of mystery, you should try the Rebel Wheels series. It’s a lot of fun to read. You can find my review for Rebel here and Hellion here.

Other books in this series:

Rebel  

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:

           

 

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? 

828713Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

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:

Rebel