Monday, June 30, 2014

Giveaway For Release Week of Then Came You

  It is finally here! This is the big release week for  book 5 in Jill Shalvis'  Animal Magnetism series, Then Came You. I have to say that it is a pretty incredible read. I have been looking forward to a follow up since I read the intial books in the series and I was not disappointed......


Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...

Jill Shalvis has been one of my go to authors since discovering her. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of her upcomming book and am happy to give my honest review of it. Then Came You is book 5 in her Animal Magnetism series. I chose it as my weekend read because I figured I wouldn't want to put it down and hey, there are less interuptions on these days.

I love the new characters Wyatt and Emily. They are resistant at some points and that stubborness gives the story some interesting turns. They also learn some things about planning and putting themselves out there, things that draw the reader in and bring the characters to life. It was definitely fun following them, through their story, to their ending. All in all I think they are a pretty great couple and I hope you enjoy them too! Here is an excerpt:


Emily sat on a fallen log and leaned back. When she was little, she’d loved to try to star watch. In LA, this was tricky because of all the city lights, not to mention smog. Doing it here, in the land of the big sky, was a whole new ball game. “I’m not lonely,” she said to the horse, who snorted again and swished his tail.

“Good. Cuz you’re not alone.”
Two long legs came into her peripheral. Wyatt crouched at her side and looked into her face.  “How are you?”

“Fine,” she said.

Nodding, he sat on the log at her side and leaned back, presumably to look at whatever she was looking at. “Pretty night.”

His hands were behind him, his shoulder and a part of his chest brushing her arm and shoulder. Actually it was more like he was encircling her within his arm span, which was considerable. It was a guy move, an alpha guy move, and it made her feel ... protected.

She was getting far too used to that, she thought with a sigh. “Where is everyone?”

“Gone,” he said, and there was an odd quality to his voice that had her taking a second look at him. He didn’t take his gaze off the sky so she got him in profile, the tousled hair, the fine lines crinkling the corners of his eyes from long days out in the sun, the square, scruffy jaw. A broad shoulder built to take on the weight of the world. 

He’d been working his ass off, here at Belle Haven, helping Dell take up the slack for the out-of-town Jade, and then going home and helping his sisters with the monstrous house they were fixing up. He did so much for everyone, and she found herself wanting to do something for him. Make him smile. Make him relax. Make him forget, even for a few minutes…  She nudged him with her shoulder.

He nudged her back and turned to look at her then, his eyes dark and unfathomable behind his glasses.

Chickening out, she turned her head this time, and stared up at the sky as he had been only a few seconds before.


When she didn’t tear her gaze off the stars, he leaned in and nipped her ear.

Sucking in a breath, she looked at him again. His was still dark, but there were things swirling in those dark depths now. Need. Heat.


He stole her breath. 

“Let the record state,” she said, reaching out to snatch off his glasses, “that I don’t always make the first move.”

He blinked in momentary confusion, and probably also because he could no longer see. He opened his mouth to say something, but she sank her fingers into his hair and kissed him, hard and long and deep.

“Emily,” he said when they broke for air, his voice rough and husky.

She climbed into his lap and then pushed him backwards off the log so that he fell to his back in the wild grass with her straddling him.

Laughing, he slid his hands beneath her top and up her back, drawing out a delicious shiver from her.  Then his hands slid slowly down her spine, and into the backs of her jeans.  “Let the record also state,” he said in a delicious growl. “Who made the rest of the moves.”

My final word: This story is full of the humor, heat, and emotion that make all of Jill's books great reads. I gave it 4 stars and I would recommend it to anyone. I also look forward to more books from this series. There are some great secondary characters who I hope will get their own stories. Can't wait for more but

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Author Biography

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good intentions and all that

   Well, as you can see my intention of posting Sunday never materialized. "Love of my life" decided to take me antiquing that day. I know, I know, reading is my favorite past time but antiquing or really shopping of any kind is pretty high on the list of things I love to do also. A day of travel and shopping delayed my post and has me thinking that I probably shouldn't name days and should just post when I can. I am also looking in to linking with a Facebook page that I can comment on and share when I have done a review or even just a post.  So that is what I am going to try to do. I'll let you know how it goes when I get back from my mini cation. Still new here and on a continuous learning curve.
   As for the new Heather Graham book, well it took me a little longer to read. The Cursed is the first book in a new trilogy which is also part of a larger series called The Krewe Of Hunters. A mystery set in Key West with treasure, murder, ghosts, and a brewing romance. Graham has a way of drawing a reader in and the historical aspects of the back stories for the mysteries are really great. They seem like real life ghost stories based on facts. When you read this book with it's back story for Hagen and Melody, the resident ghosts, you will see what I mean. As for Dallas and Hannah, our leads in the story, their relationship develops with plenty of passion in the middle of the mystery. Their connection rapidly becoming a deep one and carrying the readers along in the story. I personally really love Heather Graham's books. I loved the mystery and suspense with a side of passion and a dash of horror that are found frequently in many of her books.  Although her newest installment is not among my all time favorites from her it is still a great read. I can also say that I really enjoyed it and would recomend it to anyone.

PS Stayed tuned for some suprises next week. Here's to happy reading.....

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mini vaycay and news

    Summer is here and I have been running to and fro for the last month, not only getting my life back on track but also being a mom to two active kids. In short I have become kind of a cab service for my children, taking them from activity to activity. Something I really don't mind at all because a) I love my kids and b) there is a giant perk to sitting in a car waiting for my kids to finish their activities, I get reading time. Yep, my favorite way to pass time. Seriously, if reading were an olympic sport I would definitely hold a medal. Yay team me!
    Granted, I have a lot of making up to do. Books have not been a priority lately. I am happy to say though, that I am getting back into the swing of things pretty easily. That being said, I decided to update the blog again since next week might be a little sporadic.  I am taking the two little monkeys above on a mini vacation. This will include amusement park rides, swimming, junk food, and too much sun, all for the kiddos enjoyment. There will also be some shopping, good food, and a fabulous book store primarily for me. Sigh... I love this kind of family time.
    Any who, I am finishing up The Cursed by Heather Graham and should have the review posted by Sunday night.  I also had four books to drag along on my mini vaycay that has now turned to six. I am currently not sure which books I will read so I am not listing titles yet. My plan is to at least read and review two but we will be busy so we will have see how that pans out. I also wanted to let you know that there will be some fabulous things happening here the week of June 30th.  You will just have to wait and see what it is, so be sure to follow up. Here's to happy reading...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hi again!

  I am back and have some good reviews to post. I am also hoping to be a part of some exciting giveaways in a little over a week. So follow and I will keep you posted. If you were following me before, I am sure you have some questions about why it seems like I disappeared of the face of the earth.  I suppose I should tell you what I can about why I had an extended leave from blogging. First though, let me just say that I am sorry. No words from an attempted serial blogger is disappointing. ( :
  I can tell you that Health and family reasons are what kept me away and now I am back and plan to be a regular, every 3 day poster. I can breathe, and think, and vent so life is good. My family is healthy and relatively happy. All great things and I feel blessed. I am also feeling exhausted at midnight so I am going to wrap this up.
  Quick, before I fall asleep, want a book recommendation? It has been out for a few months but read  Douglas by Grace Burrowes. It was a fantastic read. I have actually been working my way through Her Lonely Lords series and all I can say is, wow! PS I have messaged with Miss Burrowes and the lady is a truly lovely person. ( : Here's to happy reading....