Friday Book Round Up - What's on Your Bookshelf?


Can you believe that it is Friday already?  It is going to be a busy weekend as my husband and I are going to the Austin Homes Tour while our respite care provider watches, Ellie.  We go every year and of course, this year it is predicted to rain - you know, perfect weather for coffee and reading.  This past week/weekend I managed to read a fair number of books as I wasn't feeling well so I didn't do many of my planned errands.

Remember how I mentioned rain? My city of Austin is flooding.  We have broken records from nearly 30 years ago.  The lakes are overflowing and have washed out roads, homes, and restaurants and the Llano and Colorado Rivers have taken away many people's homes and even some people's lives.  The Austin Water plants are unable to keep the water clean and as such we are under a boil notice - the first ever in history.  It is requested that we cut our water consumption by 20% as we will run out of water otherwise.  This means I have a tons of dirty dishes and quite a few loads of laundry that I really need to do.  So if you wouldn't mind sending some positive thoughts our way, I'd appreciate it.

Now onto the books!  Don't forget to share your recommendations in the comments of this post or on my blog facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/annasbookshelfplace/


King by T.M. Frazier
3.5 stars  On Amazon, this book has over 1,000 reviews and is at a 4.5 star rate, so please don't hate me for the lower rating.  King, by T.M. Frazier, is sort of a difficult book for me to review because I liked it and I didn't.  King was recommended in one of my reader groups and as I am a big fan of dark romances, I thought I would give it a try.  I was sucked in pretty quickly and was intrigued by the storyline.  I liked Doe.  While she doesn't know who she is or what even happened to her, she wants to be protect HER.  The HER being her former self/identity.  King, I didn't like so much.  I am all for alpha males and he was definitely that, but he was very possessive.  It was supposed to be an intense love between them, but he was quick to anger if anyone so much as looked at her and he kept reminding Doe that "you are mine!".  I honestly couldn't quiet figure out how Doe could fall in love with him so quickly.  I gave it 3.5 stars because the storyline was intriguing and there was the mystery of who is Doe really.  It does end in a cliffhanger, but book 2, Tyrant  has already been released.  I have downloaded the book because the cliffhanger was good and I want to know how things end, but I am also not sure that I care enough to dive in immediately or just wait until I don't have anything else that I am dying to read or even just skim it over to get answers.  I am interested in reading books 3 and 4 as they are about another character (Bear) that was introduced in King, however, the reviews state you need to read the first 2 books.



Synopsis:

The USA Today bestselling KING SERIES starts here.

Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that in order to hold on, sometimes you have to first let go. 

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Slaughter by Shantel Tessier
Released Today!

4.5 stars Slaughter is a very dark romance by one of my favorite authors.  It is an entertaining read with twists, turns, shocking revelations, and suspense. I would categorize this as a 2nd chance romance as well as an enemies-to-lovers. The anti-hero, Avery, is a character that I hate to love.  He is dark, has a violent streak, a bit psycho, and even though I wanted to hate him, I loved him.  The hero, Presleigh was a strong character.  When she was first introduced, I wasn't sure that I would like her, but the the author showed how resilient she was.  *Warning: this book has graphic violence, a rape scene (not by Avery), and some BDSM elements which may be potential triggers.*  If you are a fan of Shantel Tessier's I Dare You and/or B.B. Reid or similar authors, then you will enjoy this book.


Synopsis:

My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about revenge and hatred, misery and violence. I wasn’t always this way even though it was in my blood. I grew up happy and in love with my best friend until she betrayed me and walked away. After that, I fell into the deep, dark world I was meant for.

Presleigh Clarke's actions turned me into the ruthless man I am today. Too bad for her, I believe people should pay for the things they have done. The more painful and messy, the better. I get off on making people bleed. It feeds my inner demon, and right now, he is starving. She crossed me once, so now she’ll know what it’s like to fear me. But not all stories end the way you think they will … mine certainly didn’t.
 

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 P.S.  I Dare You by Winter Renshaw
Released today!

4 stars P.S.  I Dare  You is book 3 Winter Rensha's P.S series, but this office romance can be read as a standalone (you should really read the other two books because they are good!).  The characters are fun and engaging.  Aeron reminds me of myself in that she is very type A and a control freak so I was very much able to identify with her.  She is the type of character that I would love to be friends with.  Calder isn't the arrogant playboy that you expect this rich heir to a tech company to be. These two are complete opposites and they perfectly balance each other out.


Synopsis:

Dear Ms. Keane,

Before this ridiculous little arrangement commences, I’d like to make myself indubitably clear: I know who you are, I know that my father hired you, I know why my father hired you, and lastly, your services aren’t needed.

In fact, I want no part of my father’s billion-dollar empire, and him “gifting” me with one of the “best concierges in the county” won’t change that. He’s wasting his money. You’re wasting your time. 

However, seeing as how you foolishly signed an ironclad contract with an Act of God clause and my father has strong-armed me into taking this position, it appears as though we’re stuck together—at least until your contract is up next month.

That said, our time together at WellesTech should be relatively painless but please don’t fool yourself into thinking I don’t notice when that pretty little stare lingers a little too long or the way your breath catches when our hands graze. You’re fascinated by me and it kills you because you can hardly stand to be in the same room as me. 

Think I’m a problem worth solving? An impossible riddle worth figuring out? By all means, go ahead and try. Solve for X. Crack the code. It might even be fun (but only for me, not you). 

V/r, 

Calder Welles, II

P.S. I dare you.

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P.S. I Hate You (bk 1)



P.S. I Miss You (bk2)




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The Legacy by Dylan Allen
Release Date: October 28, 2016
4.5 stars I had the great pleasure of reading an ARC of Dylan Allen's (the author of Envy) new book, The Legacy. This is a great contemporary romance that has a strong heroine and hero, a great storyline, and great character development.  There are unexpected twists and turns and revelation and the steam factor is off the charts! 




Synopsis:
He's the king of all he surveys.
Except her.


Exiled for 15 years, Hayes Rivers has finally assumed his place as head of Houston’s oldest and most powerful family.
Now, they call him King.
A legacy of wealth and prestige are his to claim.

As age-old rivalries, long-buried secrets, and generations of betrayal threaten his birthright, he finds himself in a battle for control of his family’s future.
When he meets Confidence, she’s a sweet distraction.
Everything he shouldn’t want.
But after a weekend of passion and surprising intimacy,
he realizes she's everything he needs.

He holds the keys to a kingdom,
But he covets the key to her heart.

And he'll stop at nothing to claim his queen.
 

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I Bet You by Isla Madden-Mills
Releases: October 29, 2018

4 stars If you love a good college, sports romance, then you will enjoy I Bet You.  This book comes after Isla Madden-Mills I Dare You, but it can be read as a standalone. While the storyline is what you expect - the hero is involved with a bet to get the heroine to date him - this is a great, entertaining read.  Ryker and Penelope are fun characters and you cannot help, but love them.  Actually, I would have loved to have Penelope as my friend back when I was in college (I won't tell you how long ago that was).  This book is full of humor, romance, unique family dynamics, and a bit of drama.  


Synopsis:
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love. 

Sexy AthleteI bet you…
Penelope GrahamBurn in hell, quarterback. 

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him. 

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

*Author's Note: This is a standalone sports romance with an HEA. 


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The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan
Releases: October 29, 2018

5 stars The Boy I Grew Up With takes place after Tijan's Fallen Crest High series and it is the story of Heather and Channing, both characters who were first introduced in the FCH series and Crew.  While you think you may know all about their relationship based off that series, you couldn't be more wrong! After reading the book, I believe The Boy I Grew Up With can be read as a standalone. This book will take you through all the feels - love, heartbreak, suspense, drama . . . I could feel the intense love and magnetic connection between Heather and Channing.  I loved the flashbacks that Tijan interspersed throughout the book to show us how their friendship and relationship evolved.  This is perhaps my favorite book by Tijan so far!



Synopsis:
I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper.
I hit him in the head with it.
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade.
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.

Growing up, the problem was never love for us.
Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.

The problem was us.

The problem is that we’re living in two different worlds now.
Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.

But…

But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.

When was it time?
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?
 


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That is it for now!  On my reading list for next week I have: Kristen Callihan's Fall (VIP #3) and Camillia Hart's Chasing Eva (bk 1), Loving Eva (bk 2), and Killing Eva (bk 3) of her In Light of Shadows series.





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