Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers I’m Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Because it is American Thanksgiving on Thursday (I think?), this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a thankful freebie! I thought it would be nice to spread some love and mention ten book bloggers whose blogs I absolutely adore! I highly suggest you check them out. Their blogs are all worth the read!

1. Krystin @ Here’s the Fucking Twist

2. Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews

3. Sara @ The Bibliophagist

4. Brianna @ Brianna the Bookworm

5. Melanie @ Mel to the Any

6. Karen Jo @ Sincerely Karen Jo

7. Kayla @ Books and Blends

8. Taryn @ Taryn and Her Books

9. Siobhan @ Novelties

10. Jessica @ Reading with Jessica

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Review: Five Reasons to Go by Candace Knoebel – Blog Tour

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Title: Five Reasons to Go
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #2
Publisher: Self-published by Candace Knoebel
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 4 stars

One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naïve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

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Review:

Going into this book I was excited because I loved the first one, Ten Reasons to Stay. I wanted to know the story of Jack and Jess and what their storyline was during the time of Corinne and Cole. I was also the smallest bit apprehensive as well because in the first book I hated Jack and Jess with a passion. I was worried I might not like this book because I didn’t like them. Let me tell you right now, that is not the case.

Everything about Jess’s story had me loving her from the start. The fact that she was able to be this incredible person devoting her life to her children and other women no matter her situation with Hank was admirable. She was such a strong female character.

In Ten Reasons to Stay, I wanted to push Jack in front of a truck. I couldn’t stand him. He was a crap husband to Corinne. Although I wouldn’t excuse him completely, I did understand him much better in Five Reasons to Go. And I will say, without spoiling anything, that the character development Jack goes through in this book is top notch.

Jess’ kids were the best. At the end of the day they always had Jess’ back no matter what and recognized how much of her life she devoted to making sure that they were happy and weren’t subjected to the things going on between her and Hank. She wanted them to have the most normal childhood and I’m glad they appreciated her and the good man that Jack was as well.

Comparing the writing to the first book, I didn’t like this one as much. The super loved up moments between Jack and Jess or the sad moments when they were apart were written so dramatically. At many points it felt like every second sentence was a simile and it was killing me. They love each other or they’re sad not being together. We get it.

At first I got a bit scared with the plot because it went over the moments that coincided with Corinne and Jack’s story so quickly. But the more I read the novel and realized how much of Jack and Jess’ story came after Corinne and Cole, I understood. As I read further into the book, it made complete sense, and I’m glad that she ended up writing their story this way.

My one thing with the pacing was that sometimes it seemed to go by slow and at other times the book was skipping ahead by weeks or months. It was a little bit everywhere during the beginning when it briefly went over the parts that coincided with Ten Reasons to Stay and then really jumped back and forth when it was about two years after the first novel.

Overall, I would say this was a good finale to the Risky Hearts Duet. Despite a few issues with the writing and the pacing, it helped put the whole story together in a satisfying way.

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About Candace Knoebel:

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She’s a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from  paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.

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Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey – Cover Reveal

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You guys know by now that R.S. is by far one of my favourite authors ever and that I constantly call her the queen of rom-coms. Not long ago she announced that she has a new book coming out in December called Hotshot Doc and today is cover reveal day!!!! I’m so excited to show this to you guys! Like look at it. Isn’t it gorgeous? And that synopsis. I cannot wait until December 6 to pick this one up.

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author
: R.S. Grey
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2019

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Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

HOTSHOT DOC releases December 6th – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c beginning December 3rd! Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s facebook page for the link:

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Title: Somewhere Only We Know

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

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10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love–and finding yourself along the way.

I just saw the words K-pop star and that was it. I was sold. This book will absolutely be pre-ordered and I will shell out the money for a hardcover without a second thought.

Reading the rest of the synopsis (aka trying my best not to let the mention of K-pop make me too impulsive), and I’m still sold. May needs to hurry on up and arrive because I need this book asap.

ARC Review: Only You by Marie Landry

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Author: Marie Landry
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-published by Marie Landry
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Ivy’s new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date

When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another.

Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn’t possibly returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later.

Review:

Going into this I was a little hestitant because I’ve never read a holiday book before (except a YA one when I was a teenage and my lord, was that ever bad). Holiday romances have the stereotype, to me at least, of being way too cheesy. Don’t get me wrong, cheesy can be good, but we all have our limits and with the holidays it can go overboard real quick. I am happy to report that this book was the perfect amount of holiday romance goodness

My one small issue with the characters is that they felt a little under developed. I wanted to learn more about Ivy and Hugh. Especially Hugh. All he had going for him was that he was a hot, rich Scot with a very charitable and generous heart. It would have been nice to know more than what any non-spoiler synopsis could tell you.

The other characters that made an appearance throughout the story were decent. They were basically there to offer their guidance and advice when it was required. Except Celia. I loved her and Ivy’s storyline throughout the book.

I liked the writing. The descriptions of Santa’s Village were exactly what I would imagine any Christmas amusement park to be. It made me wish there was one like that where I live and definitely helped me get into the holiday spirit.

Like any Christmas movie, Only You had the same kind of layout. It was very much based solely on the romance, the holiday spirit, and everything working out perfectly. This was such a happy book in terms of everything that happened. Even the things that were supposed to be sad didn’t feel all that sad to me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was more or less what I expected of a holiday romance, and if you’re looking for a quick read for the upcoming holiday season, then I would suggest picking up this one.

5188180About Marie Landry:

Marie Landry’s life revolves around books; when she’s not writing them, she’s reading them, taking pictures of them for bookstagram, or blogging about them. An avid reader from a young age, she loves getting lost in characters’ worlds, whether they’re of her own making or someone else’s. She particularly loves coming-of-age stories with as much of an emphasis on self-discovery as on romance…but don’t leave out the romance!

When not doing bookish things, Marie can be found daydreaming (in general, but often about traveling through Europe), binge-watching shows on Netflix, and taking photographs. She lives in a cozy apartment in Ontario, Canada with the best roommate ever, and only sometimes imagines it’s actually a flat in London.

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