Saturday, May 30, 2020

Throw Like A Girl By: Sarah Henning

Throw Like A Girl
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Published: January 2020
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 354
Rating: 4.5/5
Friday Night Lights  meets Morgan Matson's  The Unexpected Everything  in this contemporary debut where  swoon-worthy  romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she'll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched... Every. Single. Day. 

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he'll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who's got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Exquisite By: Elizabeth Hayley

Exquisite (Diamond Trilogy #3)
Author: Elizabeth Hayley
Publisher: Little Brown
Published: January 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 134
Rating: 3/5
"Please don't let me fall." 

Since Siobhan has made it as an artist, she's ready to start a life in New York with the love of her life, billionaire Derick Miller. But their relationship has been a rollercoaster ride that has pushed Derick too far. Will Siobhan be able to win back her soul mate? 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Firetruck vs. Dragon By: Chris Barton

Fire Truck vs. Dragon
Author: Chris Barton
Publisher: Little Brown Books for young readers
Published: March 2020
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 4/5
Can a Fire Truck and a Dragon be friends? Find out in this new companion to the household favorite Shark vs. Train!

It's the wackiest rivalry ever, when the fire-breathing ruler of the skies and the fearless fire truck go head to head in an epic battle of fire vs water! Who will win?

But wait, is it actually a competition?

Their rivalry takes unexpected turns as these two unlikely friends face off at a campfire, a birthday party, and more with unexpected results. Who will you root for?

With playful illustrations and charming text, Fire Truck vs Dragon gives readers an unexpected twist on a would-be rivalry, turned friendship.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Radiant By: Elizabeth Hayley

Radiant (Diamond Trilogy #2)
Author: Elizabeth Hayley
Publisher: Bookshots
Published: December 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 119
Rating: 2/5
He's worth millions, but he's worthless without her.

It's been a month since her traumatic break-up with Derick, and Siobhan now lives in Detroit, where she can support herself and her painting career. But suddenly Derick's back after flying halfway across the country for her. And though Siobhan's body comes alive at his touch, she doesn't know if she can trust him again....

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Beginning Of The End By: R. Holmes

The Beginning Of The End
Author: R. Holmes
Publisher: R. Holmes
Published: May 2020
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 279
Rating: 4/5
My last name was royalty in New Orleans, at least, I guess to those who mattered. But to me…my last name was a curse.
High society. Expectations. Old money. Politics. Everything I despised.
If only they could see what happened behind those high-society closed doors. The same doors my daddy paid a lot of money to keep closed.
Deceit. Destruction. Bribery. You name it, my family was guilty of it.
My father’s throne was built on lies. Our family was the epitome of faux royalty.
Then, I fell in love and oh what a fool I was. I was just a pawn in my father’s game. And to use the man who claimed to love me...
Five years ago, I walked away, and left my father to his riches.
And that man who left me in broken, jagged pieces?
Well, what goes around, comes around.

Four years in a prison cell changes a man.
I spent those four years fighting to survive.
When I emerged, I was nothing like the man who had walked through those cell doors all those years ago.
I overcame things that I never imagined I’d be faced with..
The one person who promised to never leave, did.
The life I thought I knew, gone.
The future I once thought I had, up in smoke.
Like so many things in my life, my story and my future were stolen from me.
Sure, it’s made up of the usual parts…a beginning and an end. But just like every story, there’s a hero, there’s the villain…and then there’s me.

And this is the beginning of the end.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Reckless Memories By: Catherine Cowles

Reckless Memories (Wrecked #1)
Author: Catherine Cowles
Publisher: Pagesmith LLC
Published: May 2020
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 330
Rating: 4/5
I loved him before I knew what the word meant. 
From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between. 
But he was never mine to love. 
I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more. 

That was before. 
Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces. 
I knit every last shred back together all on my own. 
And I’ve all but forgotten his name. 

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more. 
But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time. 

And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Dazzling By: Elizabeth Hayley

Dazzling (Diamond Trilogy #1)
Author: Elizabeth Hayley
Publisher: Bookshots
Published: November 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 139
Rating: 2/5
She's a starving artist and he's a billionaire playboy....

Siobhan came to New York with a purpose: She wants to become a successful artist. To pay her bills in the meantime, she's the hostess at The Stone Room, a bar for the beautiful and the billionaires. She's fine with being on her own--until tech billionaire Derick takes her breath away.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Truth About Magic By: Atticus

The Truth About Magic
Author: Atticus
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: September 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Rating: 4/5
From the internationally bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild, Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving collection. 

The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches. 

The Truth About Magic is a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth, which will leave you energized and eager to explore the wider world.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Rules For Being A Girl By: Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

Rules For Being A Girl
Author: Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: April 2020
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 304
Rating: 3.5/5
It starts before you can even remember: You learn the rules for being a girl. . . .

Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright―and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.

But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?

When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an ax to grind.

But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies in the most unexpected people, like “slutty” Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro. As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Love Her Wild By: Atticus

Love Her Wild
Author: Atticus
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: July 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 225
Rating: 4/5
The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account.

In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Down Too Deep By: J. Daniels

Down Too Deep (Dirty Deeds #4)
Author: J. Daniels
Publisher: Forever Romance
Published: October 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 401
Rating: 5/5
Following the sudden death of his wife, Nathan Bell has spent nearly two years burying himself in work and neglecting his biggest responsibility: his daughter. Overcome with guilt, he wants to connect with little Marley, but he doesn’t know how to do it alone. And then Jenna Savage throws him a lifeline.

A single mom of twins, Jenna is more than capable of taking care of Nate’s adorable two-year-old, and wants to help Nathan however she can. Soon, attachments are made, forcing Jenna and her kids into new territory. And the closer everyone becomes, the more right it feels.

Falling in love forces Nathan to face his biggest fear, and when hearts, both big and little, are on the line, the only thing scarier than needing someone is losing them all.

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