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Thursday, December 31, 2015

✫REVIEW:✫ Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Forgetting August 
by J.L. Berg
Release Date: December 1st 2015 by Forever
Series: Lost & Found #1
Pages: 384
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter,
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn't matter that she's moved on, that she's about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can't hurt her-because he's in a coma. Except that he's not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she's the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Forgetting August was one of those stories that was full of twists and turns that I could not stop reading until the very end. From the cover to the synopsis, Berg completely pulled me into a very interesting and complex storyline that kept me at edge of my seat. There were a lot of elements in the story that I absolutely loved and that somehow worked in the story very well.

At the beginning of the story we get to meet Everly, and immediately find out that she is engaged. Though she is happy with her fiancee, she still thinks about her ex, especially when she gets the call that she had been dreading for a very long time. Now she has to face the horrible past that she has been trying to move on from, but can't because she has to face the man that somehow ruined her life. Although we don't immediately find out what her ex did to her, we do get flashbacks of when she was with him that slowly reveal what actually happened to her. The minute she finds out that her ex is in a coma, Everly escapes her past only to get a call from the hospital letting her know that August has woken up. Now it quickly becomes a matter of whether she wants to see him or not. But that changes completely when she finds out that August doesn't remember her at all or what happened to him.

At that point Everly's life escalates rather fast when she realizes that she still has feelings for August and that in order to move on she needs to help him remember what happened to them. The only thing that she wasn't counting on was just how good it would feel to be with him again, that's when the story really starts to take off and Everly has to make a big choice in the end that could alter her life yet again.

As for August, the minute he wakes up from the coma everything around him is confusing and he has no recollection of what happened to him at all. His mind is blank and the minute he finds Everly's picture in his wallet, he makes it his mission to find her no matter what. But little by little he finds out what he used to do and what he did to those that he loved that he wants to change. August knows that he loves Everly and he is willing to change for her, but a misunderstanding gets in the way and they have to part ways.

I very much enjoyed reading this book, it was a page turner that kept me intrigued in the storyline and the characters. In terms of character development there really isn't a lot of it, the story was more of a mystery type that slowly revealed itself to us as readers. There were times when the story felt a bit unrealistic, especially in the last couple of chapters. Needless to say, I was shocked with how everything ended that I cannot wait to read the sequel because it's going to be really good. I can't really say more of the story, I feel that the book it's one of those stories that you just have to read without knowing much at all about it. Overall, if you're looking for a great mystery/romance story then I would highly recommend reading this book. : )

***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating:

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✎ Feature and Follow Friday (#69) ☼

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

Question: What books are you most excited for in 2016? - Suggested by Alison Can Read.

Answer: There are a lot of books that I'm looking forward to reading some of them are: Steel Scars by Victoria, Big Rock by Lauren Blakely, The Siren by Kiera Cass, and many more. :)

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

☼ Waiting on Wednesday (#107) ☼

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Never Tear Us Apart
by Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 5th 2016 by Bantam
Series: Never Tear Us Apart #1
Pages: 416
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.

Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father. 
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Pre-Order: Amazon, B&N

***I'm really intrigued by the synopsis, will definitely be reading this book when it's released. What are you waiting to read?***

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

❅Freebie Tuesday (Edition #99)❅

❅ Happy Tuesday! 

I can't believe New Year's Eve is 2 days away! I will be tweeting random freebies that I can find on any given day so if you're looking for more free books make sure to follow me on twitter @JackieBookWorld. :)

***Note that there will be some books that will be free for limited time only, so make sure to download them as soon as you can. Also if there is any specific genre that you guys want me to find books of, let me know in the comment section below. (:  Enjoy! 

*Older Editions will be linked on the menu section (above) under Freebie Tuesday:)

Breaking Kate
by D. Kelly
Release Date: March 23rd 2014 by Dee Kelly
Series: Acceptance #1
Pages: 373
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary

Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good. 

Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.

While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 


Lingering Echoes
by Erica Kiefer 
Release Date: November 16th 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing 
Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Pages: 388
Genres: Romance

“You can’t change the past… no matter how much you want to.”

If only Allie Collins could go back to that tragic day one year ago, perhaps she could escape the guilt that haunts her. In reality, there was no altering her cousin’s death or the role she played. Then she meets Damien Michaels, a dark-haired stranger on a dirt bike, who seems to watch Allie and know more about her than he should. Veiling his own secrets, including a mysterious scar and unexplained tattoo, Allie knows she shouldn’t trust him—especially as she digs up a past Damien desperately wants to forget. She also doesn’t believe in summer romances, yet she finds her attraction to him growing beyond his striking grey eyes. 

Unfortunately, Allie discovers too late that he is hiding a dark past which is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 


Chosen for Power 
by Kathleen Brooks
Release Date: April 9th 2014 by Createspace
Series: Women of Power #1
Pages: 254
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she's worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However, this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it's unlike anything she's been up against before. 

Drake Charles's work on mobile technology has made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life, which earns him the label as a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It's also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants . . . true love. 

Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. But Elle must question everything and everyone as she battles to save her life and career. Can Elle trust Drake to help get her life back or will she lose everything?
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 



Monday, December 28, 2015

✫REVIEW✫: Blurring the Lines by Marisa Cleveland

Blurring the Lines 
by Marisa Cleveland
Release Date: November 16th 2015 by Entangled: Indulgence
Series: Men of the Zodiac #11Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Author's Links: Goodreads, WebsiteTwitter
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

He broke all his rules... for her.

Real estate development CEO Blake Whitman is an Aquarius with a philanthropic nature, but when it comes to work, he's driven and focused, and he would never, ever mix business with pleasure. As far as he's concerned, office romance is off the table.

He also never backs down from a challenge, and Kira Layton just accused him of ruining the community. What better way to get her on his side than to hire her?

But the more he tells himself to keep his hands off his new, sexy secretary, the harder it is for him to come up with reasons why office romances never work and why it's a bad idea to cross the line...
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Blurring the Lines was such a great romantic story between two individuals whose paths perfectly crossed when they least expected it and it soon changes their lives forever.

Right at the beginning of the story we get to meet Kira Layton, an animal lover who is also determined to get what she wants no matter what. When she gets news that someone is going to ruin the community that is dear to her heart, she is set to change the stranger's mind. When she stumbles against a handsome stranger at the park sparks set off between the two of them and they part ways only to meet again in different circumstance. The minute she realizes that the stranger is non other than CEO, Blake Whitman, the man that is going to ruin her community she is set out to make him see the beauty of the place that her mother loved the most. But soon things immediately change when instead of sending her off, Blake actually hires her as his personal assistant without knowing that his life was going to change from then on. As the two of them start to spend more time together, the more Kira sees that Blake is not the awful person that she thought he'd be.

An office romance is off the table for Blake, but his new secretary is changing everything about his life and he can't stop that as the more time he spends with her, the more he starts to like her even more. He soon finds himself promising that he'll do anything in his power to stop the reconstruction of the new building from happening, but things immediately change and that is when he'll have to decide what truly is important to him in the end. I really enjoyed reading the book, it was cute and funny seeing how the two main characters interacted with each other. Kira is a loving person who loves fostering animals and she even gets Blake to take on a couple dogs to his house, which was hilarious. There really isn't a big conflict that needs to be solved in the story, which made the story refreshing and quick to read. The chemistry between the characters in undeniable and it makes the story that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, if you are looking for a romance story I would highly recommend picking this book up. :)

***ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

☃REVIEW☃: The Prince's Christmas Vow by Jennifer Faye

The Prince's Christmas Vow 
by Jennifer Faye
Release Date: November 3rd 2015 by Harlequin
Series: Twin Princes of Mirraccino #2Pages: 256
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Holiday
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Secretly a prince!

Zoe Sarris hasn't seen Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo since their secret elopement. So she's shocked when he requests her interior design services. She's only just pieced her broken heart back together, and seeing Demetrius--as gorgeous and guarded as ever--threatens to shatter it all over again...

However, the shocking news that they are actually still married changes everything. Especially when Demetrius reveals he wants his princess back...preferably in time for Christmas!
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

The Prince's Christmas Vow is a story of new beginnings and second chances at love. I was immediately hooked with the story the minute I read the synopsis, it's one of those stories that I knew I was going to love and it didn't disappoint at all.

When Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo used to still be in his playboy ways he met a young interior designer, Zoe Sarris who he secretly got married to without anyone of his family knowing about it. Needless to say, it was an scandalous event that completed changed their lives, especially when Zoe was forced to leave the prince for good by his family. Now she has come back to his life after he requested her interior design services. With the hopes that they can put their personal past behind them, she shows up at the palace only to find that she still has feelings for the Crown Prince. But then she realizes that she will never make a good princess, and the secret that she managed to keep away from him could damage their relationship all over again. Soon she focuses on staying on task, only to find the shocking news that she is still married to Demetrius and that's when the story really takes off and Zoe has to decide whether staying married to the prince is worth it or not.

Demetrius Castanavo has been trying to fix his public persona for the good of the country, but now as a Crown Prince things have started to get harder to hide from the press. But when he finds out that he is still married to Zoe, he promises to do anything to protect him, even letting her go once again. I really loved this story, it was filled lots of holiday spirit and romance that had me reading until the very end. It is evident that both of the characters have a lot to grow now that their lives have changed. Zoe tries so hard to hide the secret that could damage her relationship with the prince, but in the process she realizes that she loves him and doesn't know what to do about it.

On the other hand, Demetrius is going to be king one day and he needs the public to see that he is serious about taking on the task, but his secret elopement could damage his reputation, and he is willing to fix the problem once and for all. Things start to get shaky when the both get word that someone knows their secret, and that's when the story gets twists and turns that will definitely keep you reading. The overall plot was great,  although I wish we could have seen a separate chapter on how they met. It would have tied everything nicely, but it all ends up great at the end. The epilogue was sweet and it really felt like Christmas all over again. I highly recommend this book, I will most certainly be reading more from the author in the future. :)

***ARC provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating:

Friday, December 25, 2015

☃REVIEW:☃ The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal by Victoria James

The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal
by Victoria James
Release Date: November 16th 2015 by Entangled: Indulgence
Pages: 164
Genres: Romance, Holiday, Contemporary
Author's Link: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

She’s everything he wants for Christmas…

Social worker Allison Barrington’s home went up in smoke, literally, a month before Christmas. Now the guardian of her teenage sister and a crazy pup, she shows up on the doorstep of the only man in the city she can trust. Resisting Ethan Dane had never been easy, but luckily, Allie isn’t into cutthroat playboy businessmen. And Ethan is as driven as they come.

Ethan Dane has wanted Allie since the moment he laid eyes on her at their best friends’ wedding. Having her in his home is the perfect chance to prove to her that their chemistry can’t be denied, but when he finds out that the biggest business coup of his career means destroying the youth center where Allie works, Ethan is forced to decide what kind of man he wants to be…
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Having read previous works by Victoria James, I couldn't wait to read yet another more festive book by her. In Billionaire's Christmas Proposal we get to meet social worker Allison Barrington, who has struggled in her life, but working at a homeless shelter has giving her a greater purpose and for that she has been also able to provide for her teenage sister. But things go incredibly wrong when her home gets caught in fire a month before Christmas. With all her hard work disappearing before her eyes, she does the only think that she could think of at the time and that is to go to her friend Ethan (aka long-time crush) for help. But soon things start to change when Ethan insists on them to stay in his house until things got better. It is then that between the holidays and everything that was happening to them, that Allie starts to feel the chemistry between them grow, and she wonders if they could be something more just in time for Christmas.

Ethan Dane has always had a thing for Allie every since they met at a friend's wedding. But at the time she had actually turned him down, but he always hoped for a chance to be with her. Now that she is staying at his house everything that he had hidden from her could no longer be a secret and that could risk their friendship. Soon their attraction towards each other grows and they spend a lot more time together at Allie's work where Ethan really shows that he is the perfect man for her.

I really liked the overall story of this book, it was filled with lots of holiday spirit and some steamy moments as well. The characters have kept their feelings to each other and when they realize that they want the same thing it is then that things start to change in the story. Allie is a sweet and kind character, she really wants to help others, whereas Ethan is more reserved and a typical billionaire who wants to get things done without a word. Yet underneath all of that he hides a secret that he has hold for a very long time, and it is when he he decides to do something about it that he realizes that he can't be away from Allie. From the cover to the synopsis this was a great book to read, the plot kept me interesting and it's just a book that needs to be read during the holidays. I highly recommend picking it up, you will absolutely love it. : )

***ARC provided by the Entangled in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

❅REVIEW❅: Triplets Under the Tree by Kat Cantrell

Triplets Under the Tree 
by Kat Cantrell
Release Date: December 1st 2015 by Harlequin Desire
Pages: 192
Genres: Romance, Holiday, Contemporary
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

This Christmas, he'll meet his three babies for the first time...and desire their mother in a whole new way!

After a plane crash robs him of his memory, billionaire fighter Antonio Cavallari comes home for the holidays to find triplets--and their "mother"--waiting. Antonio doesn't remember surrogate Caitlyn Hopewell, but he has triplets depending upon him. Who else can he turn to except the woman raising his children...and making him burn with desire?

Caitlyn has longed for Antonio secretly for years. Now she's living in his home, loving his babies, living the life with him she's always wanted. But then Antonio's memory returns. And the secrets he's forgotten will change everything...
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

From the cover to the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued to read the book. Having read Cantrell's works before I really wanted to read what she came up with time around. Needless to say, I was hooked with the story and how the characters evolved throughout the book.

In Triplets Under the Tree we get to meet Caitlyn and Antonio, whose paths crossed and for different reasons they ended up becoming brother and sister-in-law, instead of getting the chance to be in a relationship. Right from the very beginning we get a quick flash of what was happening to Antonio and  it all happens fast, we get the feeling that he is in some type of trouble and the whole scene is confusing for the character. Then we go back to the present in which Caitlyn is boried about her three babies, she goes on to remember the events leading up to her present state. That is when we get to find out that she had been a surrogate for her sister, aka Antonio's wife.

After learning that both Antonio and her sister had died in a plan crash, she took over Antonio's fortune and company. Now she has to take care of a lot of things, including her children, and that has changed her life forever. As a single mother, she had to change her plans, but she loves what she calls her children now and is willing to do anything to protect them. When Antonio unexpectedly shows up at his house, she doesn't believe that he is really back, but now she fears that he'll want to take the babies away from her. Finding out that he has no idea who she is or that he is even a father is worse than she thought, now she has to teach him everything that he missed. But the more time she spends with him, the more she falls for him, and she'll have to decide whether to be with him or turn her back on him for good.

After been in a plan crash, Antonio Cavallari has lost his memories and the life that he once knew. Now he is back and ready to claim what is his no matter the cost. But the more he starts to trigger the memories that he once had, the more complicated his life becomes when he finds out the secrets that he kept and the ones that could potentially hurt his relationship with Caitlyn. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting to read how Antonio slowly got some of his memories back. It is evident from the very start that the characters have chemistry and they can't get away from that. But things from their past could harm their relationship if they don't trust each other. Throughout the book we do get both perspectives and that just made the story that much more interesting to read. The babies have a lot of personality as well which was cute. Overall I highly recommend reading this book, it was funny and romantic with a lot of holiday spirit. : )

***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*** 

My Rating: 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

❅Freebie Tuesday (Edition #98)❅

❅ Happy Tuesday! 

I can't believe Christmas is 4 days away! I will be tweeting random freebies that I can find on any given day so if you're looking for more free books make sure to follow me on twitter @JackieBookWorld. :)

***Note that there will be some books that will be free for limited time only, so make sure to download them as soon as you can. Also if there is any specific genre that you guys want me to find books of, let me know in the comment section below. (:  Enjoy! 

*Older Editions will be linked on the menu section (above) under Freebie Tuesday:)

by Kimberly Loth 
Release Date: September 2014
Series: The Thorn Chronicles #1
Pages: 277
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 


The Trouble With Goodbye
by Sarra Cannon
Release Date: May 21st 2013 by Dead River Books
Series: Fairhope #1
Pages: 330
Genres: New Adult, Romance

One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known. Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her. With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. 

On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret. That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. 

But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever. Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)


Happy Reading!