Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Need to Get to By the End of the Year


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

This week’s topic is top ten books of the year so far, but since I don’t feel like I’ve read 10 books that could be considered favourites, I decided to switch it up. This week I’m doing books I’d love to get to by the end of the year.

Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday posts below! I’d love to see what your favourites of the year are so far.

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1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | 2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | 3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | 5. Beartown by Fredrik Backman | 6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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7. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka | 8. Save the Date by Morgan Maton | 9. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering | 10. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings editited by Ellen Oh


The Sweet Escape Series by Mia London & Susan Sheehey – Cover Reveal + Giveaway

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Today I have the reveal for a romantic new series from Mia London & Susan Sheehey! Check it out and preorder today. I mean come on, don’t these covers look absolutely gorgeous?

Sweet Escape Series:

Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

The new Sweet Escape series by co-authors Mia London & Susan Sheehey is the perfect beach read! Super steamy paradise in three, hilarious romance adventures.

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Title: Dry Spell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 1st

She believes in success. He believes in a carefree lifestyle.

Driven and work-obsessed, Samantha Callahan’s specialty is conquering a man’s world. With her next promotion within grasp, the one thing she lacks may be the very thing that gives her the edge she needs. A well-deserved vacation with her best friends may be overdue, but nothing will stand in the way of her success. Not even the gorgeous, unambitious surfer boy next door.

Beach hottie Chase Bradshaw ditched corporate America to follow his dreams of the stress-free salt life. When Sam walks onto his beach, he can practically see the uptight personality oozing from her pores. The woman desperately needs something other than work to keep her up at night. He’s just the man to coax the vixen out of her.

Lucky for her, Chase just happens to surf as well as he sizzles in the bedroom.

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Title: Hot Spell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 5th

She never trusted love. He never believed he’d be worthy.

An emergency vacation at a luxury Mexican resort is a foolproof pick-me-up for Jordan Beck’s broken-hearted bestie. Former Olympic-hopeful, Jordan has planned a getaway worthy of a perfect score: nightly parties, exotic drinks, and sandy beaches. She never expected to find perfection in the resort’s emerald-eyed bartender.

Life’s a gift to Zac Durant, and he’s determined to live it to the fullest. Tending bar at a resort is a small price to pay if it means he can scuba and surf every day in paradise. He’s content—until a Latina beauty struts across his pool patio and orders his best drink.  Although Zac isn’t the kind to hook up with guests, he can’t resist the petite sexy woman who makes his world flip cartwheels.

This sensual interlude in paradise should be just a vacation fling, but sparks explode into fireworks, and they are tempted to believe it’s something real. When the illusion of perfection fades, Jordan must decide if love is worth a shot at the gold.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 3rd

She can’t stand him. He thinks she’s never more adorable than when she’s pissed at him.

Liddy Drake would rather gamble on double black diamond runs than take a chance on love. Escaping dreary San Francisco for a Colorado mountain resort with her besties is just what the doctor ordered. But an injury on the first day lands her in the lap of a loud-mouthed ski instructor who knows exactly how to get under her skin. She doesn’t have time to waste on a playboy with a too-easy laugh and gorgeous blue eyes.

Luke Sawyer left New York ten years ago for the ski runs of Colorado, concealing his identity as a Rothchild heir. He’d seen money change too many people, never for good. Scrappy, sassy, and oh-so-sexy Liddy doesn’t fall for the mask of his over-the-top charm. He accepts the challenge to show her his true self.

Their chemistry is enough to melt snow-capped mountains, until she finds out the truth. There’s no way her humble background could compete with America’s royalty. How can he melt the ice around her heart and convince her that Mr. Wrong is actually Mr. Right, who loves her just the way she is?

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About the Authors:

About Susan:

Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey’s Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn’t take. When not writing, she’s chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas.

Follow her at or on Facebook, Twitter @SusieWriterAmazon, and BookBub. Join her monthly newsletter for goodies and sneak peaks. 

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About Mia:

Mia loves to write!

She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.

She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).

Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.

She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up.

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Enter Mia & Susan’s giveaway here. There’s a crazy amount of goodies to be won!

  • Grand prize: $50 Macy’s gift card, all of Mia and Susan’s books (15 ebooks), summer beach bag complete with tote, insulated water bottle, beach towel, and sunglasses, and a box of Godiva chocolates
  • Dark chocolate prize: 3 ebooks from each author (6 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Bittersweet chocolate prize: 2 ebooks from each author (4 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Milk chocolate prize: 1 ebook from each other (2 total) and insulated water bottle


When Light Leads to You by C.R. Ellis – Cover Reveal + Excerpt

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Today C.R. Ellis is here to share her upcoming romance WHEN LIGHT LEADS TO YOU!

I’m so excited to be a part of the cover reveal. Thank to InkSlinger PR for allowing me to be a part of it. It’s an absolutely gorgeous cover and the synopsis sounds amazing. Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today! I have definitely pre-ordered mine.

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About the Book:

Title: When Light Leads To You

Author: C.R. Ellis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: August 1st



Once upon a time, there was a girl who had a crush on a boy. Eventually, they fell in love. They lived happily ever after.

Except they didn’t. Not even close.
I’m the girl, but that’s not my story.

Once upon a time, I fell for a boy, but we didn’t have a happily ever after. In fact, we crashed and burned. Which turned out to be for the best because it forced me to grow up and realize the only wedding bells in my future are the ones I orchestrate for clients.

For six years I’ve been perfectly content with meaningless, short-lived flings and running from anything that resembles a real relationship.

That boy?
He’s my best friend’s brother, and he’s no longer the boy I fell for—he’s a man I can’t stand.

Oh, and he’s also my new neighbor.

Seemingly overnight, Jasmine Winters went from being my sister’s best friend to being the girl I couldn’t get enough of. But like most good things, it didn’t last.

Things fell apart so suddenly, I’m able to convince myself that summer never happened. At least, I was, until the only distance between us is a hallway instead of a time zone.

Six years ago, I let Jasmine slip through my fingers without an explanation because I was convinced we’d be better off apart. But now that we’re neighbors, our unspoken vow of apathy has unwittingly been shattered. Our exchanges consist of trading insults and icy stare downs. But in-between, I catch glimpses of the way she used to look at me, glimpses of the girl I fell for years ago.

Things are different now, though. This time… I won’t let her walk away without giving me answers.

When Light Leads to You is the second full-length novel of the Forget Me Knot series, but can be read as a standalone. **Due to strong language and the sexy times between these two, this book is recommended to readers ages 18 and up.**

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“Oh, no you don’t. I’m not letting you walk away this time, Goldie.”

“Don’t call me that. It’s like you nicknamed me after a retriever, and I hate it.” I tried to break free from his grip, to no avail. “Let me go, Dean.”

“No. This ends here and now, Jasmine.” He sighed and dropped my hand. “Fuck. I—Can we start over?”

The sincerity in his voice caught me off guard. It was an uncharacteristic moment of vulnerability, and it took me back to the days when we were close.

“Fine. You have five minutes.”

“Not here,” he said, shaking his head and grabbing my hand again. “Come with me.”

Against my better judgment, I didn’t rip free of his grip like every part of my brain begged me to do. He led me to a 4-wheeler and stopped, searching my face before hopping on and gesturing for me to climb on behind him.

I hesitated.

“Jas, quit looking at me like you think I’m trying to decide where the best spot would be to dump your lifeless body.”

I swallowed a laugh. “Are you?”

He shook his head as a smile stretched across his lips. “Tick tock, Jasmine. You only gave me five minutes. Come on.”

I bit my lip and actively tried not to think about the fact that riding behind him would mean touching his body. Maybe even holding on to those drool-worthy abs I’d almost convinced myself weren’t there.

Shit, I muttered under my breath before climbing onto the ATV. It’s a fucking 4-wheeler; it’s not like he’s asking you to straddle his naked body and ride him into the wee morning hours.

“Ready?” he asked, releasing the clutch.

“Yes,” I squeaked, fighting a wave of butterflies our proximity set loose in my chest cavity.

I had to hold in a moan when I got a whiff of his cologne, which somehow gave off the perfect balance of masculinity soaked in scents of sandalwood and citrus. Pretty sure someone figured out how to sell pure seduction in a bottle. Before I could stop it, my mind conjured up images of our bodies tangled together, where the speed at which we were shredding each other’s clothes would’ve qualified us for the Olympics of undressing.

Jesus, that escalated quickly.

I shifted uncomfortably, cursing this position for not allowing me to press my thighs together. For the duration of the ride, I willed my brain to think of unsexy topics like the best brand of laundry detergent and the best way to cook cauliflower. No matter where my mind drifted, though, I kept coming back to the notion that this conversation was probably going to shift the very foundation of what our tempestuous relationship was made of.

And I had no fucking clue how to feel about that.

About the author:

C.R. Ellis is a Texas native who writes contemporary romance novels with plenty of drama and humor, and just enough heat to ignite e-readers and paperbacks everywhere. She can almost always be found attached to her laptop with coffee nearby and her two trusty canine sidekicks by her side. When she’s not writing or plotting, she enjoys going to concerts with her sweet husband, dragging him along to see rom-coms at any theater that serves booze, checking off the next destination on her ever-growing travel bucket list, and trying new recipes.

Her passion for writing stems from her lifelong love of reading, and she often binge-reads entire books in a day. She’s an unapologetic book hoarder, and her paperback collection is rivaled only by her massive shoe collection. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Red & White Covers


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

This week’s topic is red, white, and blue books for the 4th of July, but since I’m a born and raised Canadian and it was Canada Day on July 1st, I’ve decided to do red and white books instead. Not going to lie, it was a little difficult to find a bunch of primarily red books. A lot of covers from books that I’ve read or that are on my TBR are black with some red, but the primary colour is black. I really made an effort to make this as authentic as possible.

Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday posts below! I’d love to see what you guys did for 4th of July or the flag colours of your own country.

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The books pictured above are:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Wasted Words by Staci Hart
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

July TBR

Can someone please tell me how half of the year has gone by already? Time has absolutely flown by but maybe it’s because the first half to the year has been insane and all over the place to say the least. It’s kind of crazy how so much can happen in six months.

For this month I’m between work (volunteered to pick up some 11 hour shifts this month), any air conditioned coffee house (I think the people at Second Cup will know my name and order by heart at the end of the month), and the boy’s house (until he goes on his trip and the end of the month). Sounds kind of busy, but I should hopefully have plenty of time to read so wish me luck with me TBR for the month.

Let me know below what you guys are planning to read this month. Happy reading!

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1. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey
Have around 80 pages left so by the time this post goes up I’ll probably be finished. I keep saying this but R.S. Grey is the queen of rom-coms and I won’t rest until everyone has picked up at least one of her books.

2. Private by Kate Brian
Yeah, I’m not sure why I picked this up either. I just wanted to re-read the series and actually get to the end this time. They’re short and sweet so it’s not that much of a commitment anyway despite the amount of books between Reed’s story and Ariana’s spin-off.

3. Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe
This month is going to be the month I finish this. Mark my words.

4. Macbeth by Jo Nesbø
I’m about 15% through and enjoying it, but oh my lord the formatting of the eArc is so hard to get through. But I do plan on finishing this before the end of the month because I need to.

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5. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Saw this when I went to my local indie last week and picked it up. Sure, there’s so many other books laying around my apartment but they can wait.

6. Wasted Words by Staci Hart
I’ve heard great things about her and had bought a couple of her books while they were on sale for Kindle so I’m going to give one a try this month.

7. Invitation Only by Kate Brian
To continue on with my Private re-read.

8. The New Wild by Holly Brasher
Another eARC I desperately need to get to. This one is really short so hopefully I can squeeze it in before the end of the month.

9. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
I read The Kiss of Deception a while ago and loved it so I’m thinking it’s about time I get back to me favourite cutie assassin.