Inside Out Book Tag

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I was tagged for the Inside Out book tag by Lois @ My Midnight Musing. Thanks, Lois! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but my daughter loved it.


A book that brings you joy.

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Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey had me laughing so many times. I loved it!


A book that brings you sadness.

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When it Rains by Lisa De Jong was the last book I bawled reading.


A book that brings you fear.

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I have to admit that I fear a mosquito born plague like the on in Ann Brashares’ The Here and Now. I can totally see how it could happen. Scary stuff.


A book that brings you anger.

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The ending of Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now frustrated me so much. There was a little bit of anger mixed in with the frustration.


A book that brings you disgust.

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I probably should have picked A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer for my anger choice. I was disgusted by Dave’s mother in this memoir. It was painful to read.


I feel like this tag should have ended on a happier note. Oh well.

I tag:

Chelsea @ Books for Thought

Sarina @ Cookie Break

Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles

Jamila @ Heartscent Reads

Maria @ Big City Bookworm

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa

Jacob @ That’s So Jacob

Caroline @ A Novel Romance

Melissa @ In A Bookish World

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Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

224293501Title: The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?


5 / 5 Stars


I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but The Start of Me and You  is the start of me and my love for Emery Lord’s books. Wow. Her writing is beautiful.

The title The Start of Me and You would lead one to believe this book is a romance. It is so much more than just a romance. It is a story of friendship and helping each other through the tough times in life. The romance most definitely played second string to the friendships in this book. Those tight friendships made the romance even sweeter.

I’m honestly kind of at a loss for words with this book. I feel like I can’t do it justice with this review. If you’re a YA contemporary romance lover, you should definitely read this book. It’s now one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read more of Emery Lord’s books.

 

 

Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2 by Kate Perry

28953773Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood strikes a deal with her neighbor: if Max withdraws the complaint that stopped renovation on her dance studio, she’ll help him with his movie score.

Being a muse shouldn’t be hard, right? For Eleanor there’s too much at stake to fail. She just never realized that rousing Max’s imagination means rousing his passion too—for the music, and for Eleanor herself.


5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2, Kate Perry continues her sweet second chance romance. Eleanor and Max are both reeling from their kiss. Neither is looking for a relationship, but both of them wants more than just that kiss.

Eleanor and Max are also able to come up with a compromise so Eleanor can finish her studio. She volunteers to be his muse and finds herself finding her own groove with dancing. But nothing is ever that simple and Eleanor soon find another hiccup in the renovation of her dance studio.

The slow-burn romance of Dancing on a Moonbeam heats up in Part 2. It was just as sweet as Part 1, but with a lot more sizzle. I loved the way Eleanor and Max have figured out how to work together. It was also fun to see Eleanor figure out where she’s lacked in friendships in the past and how much she wants to reclaim those friends. My favorite parts of the story, though; are the conversations between Max and Eleanor’s daughter. His words to her got through to her in a way others couldn’t. I loved that.

I’m truly loving this second chance romance series. It’s different from the other novels I have read by Perry as the characters seem more mature, but it’s just as beautifully written. It tells a story many readers will be able to identify with. I can’t wait to find out how the story wraps up in Part 3!

I would caution readers that this is the second part of a three part novella series. I would not suggest skipping Part 1 before reading this. The story gradually builds throughout the three parts. Plus, Part 1 was so much fun to read! (You can find my review for it here.)

**I received an electronic copy of Dancing on a Moonbeam:Part 2 from the author in exchange for an honest review.

WWW Wednesday: February 24, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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Screwdrivered is the third book in Alice Clayton’s Cocktails series. I read the first two and had to read this one because the main character, Viv, seems like a lot of fun. She hasn’t disappointed me so far! 🙂


Recently finished:

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Once again, it looks like I read a ton this week. Three of these books are short novellas, though. I had a lot of time to read this weekend, surprisingly. My daughter had a birthday party where they watched a movie, so I read during that. Then on Sunday, I got stuck at home with my broke back dog. Seriously, if she could stop hurting herself that would be awesome. I basically had to sit with her on the bed all day because she was in pain, on heavy painkillers and flipping out if I left her. So not fun. At least I got to read.

You can find the review for the time travel romance Come Back to Me here, the short horror story The Grownup here, the suspenseful New Adult romance Combative here and the first part of the sweet second chance romance Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 here. The Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2 review will post today. All of the rest of the reviews to come in the next week or so!


Reading Next:

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I just got my hands on an e-Arc of Sweet Little Lies from one of my favorite authors, Jill Shalvis. I can’t wait to start it! I’m also going to be reading Sex Lies & Fruit Flies. This should be a fun week!


What are you reading next?

Review: Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey

25943218Title: Mackenzie Fire

Series: Burn Not Shine, #2

Author: Elle Casey

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.

Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.

The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.


5 / 5 Stars


 

This book is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud. Candice was such a hoot. Her city slicker attitude combined with her Google obsession was hilarious. I kept waiting to see what crazy thing she was going to do next! I loved her loyalty and plans.

Candice was the perfect match for cranky Ian. I loved the playful side she brought out in him. It was fun to see her egg him on and him react. They were so dang cute and funny together.

If you want a romance that is going to make you laugh, look no further. This one is hilarious. It’s the second book in the series, but I think you could read it as a standalone. You might miss out a little on the backstory, but I’m sure you would still laugh a ton.

Mackenzie Fire is one of those books that I will be recommending to people for a long time.

Cover Reveal: Reckless Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco

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RECKLESS TEMPTATIONS
by: Janine Infante Bosco
Tempted #4
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Coming Soon

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Synopsis: RIGGS

Heart.
It’s what keeps you from being reckless. It’s what keeps you breathing.
Money, power and respect… they were my god given right, not the reason I joined the Satan’s Knights. I tied myself to my club and nothing else. Give me my bike, the open road and a different woman every night and I was happy.
My life was great.
Until the chaos exploded.
One night.
One reckless temptation and I finally found my reason for breathing.
I never saw her coming. The girl that would turn my world upside down and give me my heart.
Only it was too late.
One mistake can take it all away.
I’m about to lose my heart.
The thing that keeps me breathing.
The thing that keeps me from being reckless.

LAUREN BIANCI

Drop out of nursing school? Check.
Have no idea what you’re going to do with your life? Check.
Disappoint your family? Double check.
Meet a biker and have crazy sex against a wall? Check. Check. Check.
Get knocked up by said biker? Check.
I was always the good girl, the prodigal child, the girl who said and did all the right things.
Things like this didn’t happen to me.
Until him.
Until he smiled.
Until he tempted me to find out what made me happy.
Too bad it’s him.
We’ll never work, but, I can pretend can’t I?
Just for a little while.
Just until it’s over.

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EXCERPT

The Pink Pussycat

More Bianci bullshit was headed my way.

“Maria thinks Lauren is an intern at a hospital, a requirement for her nursing degree. The is, she kind of quit the program,” Mia continued.

I lifted an eyebrow. “Mama Leone” was going to blow a gasket.

“So if she’s not playing Florence Nightingale, where is she?” I questioned.

Silence.

Fuck my life. I stalked toward Mia, watching as she raised an eyebrow and walked backwards until her back slammed against the door.

“Ouch,” she muttered.

I narrowed my eyes, bracing one hand flat against the door over her head and leaned close to her.

“Where is she?” I repeated.

“She’s working at a bar in town, near campus,” she said, stepping around me to walk toward her desk. She ripped a piece of paper off a pad and scribbling something on it. “Here’s the address. She’s not answering the phone so you need to go get her before Maria starts asking questions.”

“You’re kidding right?” Does the leather and tattoos not scare anyone anymore these days? These people are walking all over me like I’m some kind of jerk off.

“I don’t even know what she looks like,” I grunted, staring down at the scribbled address, wondering what kind of bar the Pink Pussycat was and what the fuck I did in life to deserve this shit.

Mia looked at me for a moment before turning around and grabbing a picture frame off her dresser. She held up the framed photo of her and what I assumed was Lauren. I dropped my eyes to the picture of the two girls, my eyes zeroing in on Lauren.

Big crystal blue eyes, framed by thick black-rimmed glasses, stared back at me. She had a killer smile, perfectly straight, white teeth, framed by full pink lips and a cute tongue since she was sticking it out the side of her mouth. Her black hair framed her face in waves, a stark contrast to her bright blue eyes. She was pretty, hot even, if you’re into the girl next door type. Or nurses. I wouldn’t mind being her patient.

I lifted my eyes back to Mia’s and handed her back her photograph before turning around and pulling open the door.

“Are you going to go get her?” Mia called over my shoulder. I ignored her and brushed past Maria who was scowling at me from the bathroom door.

“Got lost on your way to the john?” She asked, crossing her arms and tapping her foot impatiently.

“No, when you wouldn’t hold my dick for me I thought I’d test my luck with your daughter’s roommate,” I smiled, glancing over my shoulder at Mia. “Thanks, babe,” I winked.

“What? No! I didn’t…” Mia stammered.

These Bianci people were a pain in my ass but they sure were fun to fuck with.

I turned around and shoved my finger in front of Maria’s nose.

“I’ll be back. Don’t. Fucking. Move.”

“Where are you going?”

“To pick up your damn daughter, because someone upstairs…” I pointed my index finger to the ceiling, “…wants to keep fucking testing my patience with you people.”

It was her turn to shove her accusing finger in my face.

“You’re going to the hospital to pick her up? Just…don’t talk to anyone. I’m warning you, you better behave yourself and not embarrass her. Lauren has worked very hard to get where she is and the last thing she needs is some scoundrel like you, messing things up for her with your crude mouth and poor manners,” she said.

Was this bitch serious?

“I’ll try not to piss on the floors of the hospital and promise not to pick my nose in front of any hotshot doctors,” I sneered, shaking my head in disgust.

She should only know how deep my manners go.

I stalked out of the apartment, slamming the door behind me and glanced at the address Mia had given me. Fucking bullshit.

I typed the address into the GPS of the cage I was driving because I was in the middle of Bumblefuck New York, full of winding roads and fucking deer. I was waiting for that to happen next because why not add killing Bambi to this wretched night.

I whimpered as I drove, feeling sorry for myself and slammed my hand against the steering wheel.

I just wanted my bike and the open road.

And maybe a blowjob.

That would be nice.

Lauren’s pretty, pink lips, wrapped nice and tight around my dick and those blue eyes peeking up at me over the frames of her glasses. Shit. Where the fuck did that come from?

Get your shit together, Riggs.

“You’ve arrived at your destination,” the GPS alerted, and I’m not going to lie, she sounded hot too.

I needed to get laid.

Or I needed to go to bed.

Something. Anything.

The Pink Pussycat was packed, people stood in line waiting to get inside even at three a.m., apparently making it a happening joint for the people of Bumblefuck. I moved to the front of the line and a big brut of a guy stood there, staring down at me.

“Line’s back there,” the beast said.

“That’s nice, move aside,” I replied, stepping around him but he took mimicked my move and blocked me again.

I glanced at the heavens.

“Why?” I shouted into the dark sky.

No one answered.

Pussy.

Shit, I was probably going to hell for that one.

I looked back at the beast of a bouncer who raised an eyebrow at me, and was tempted to tell him he looked like Michael Clarke Duncan, but I needed to focus. I took a deep breath and opened my cut for him to see the gun I had tucked into my waistband.

“Listen, bud, I’ve had the night from hell and I’m ten seconds away from losing it, so move the fuck out of my way and let me do what the fuck I came here to do,” I growled, reaching for the gun.

He crossed his arms, glanced at my gun, and shook his head completely unfazed.

“Pretty please, with sugar on top?” I tried. Nothing. “Fuck! The name “Tony Soprano” mean anything to you? Shit, I mean, fuck, what’s his name…Pastore.” the burley bouncer remained unmoved. That’s it. I can’t take anymore. “Bro, get the fuck out of my way, seriously, I have to get one of the girls that works here, I’m her ride.”

“Who?”

“Lauren Bianci,” I huffed. That fucking last name was nothing but trouble.

“Shit, man, why didn’t you say so?” He pounded me on the back and smiled. “Lauren’s my girl, love that chick, always makes me smile,” he said, with an actual smile. “Go on in. She’s working the bar tonight.”

I think I muttered a thank you, I’m not sure, but I brushed past him and stepped foot into the loud bar that was packed beyond capacity. It took me five minutes, pushing my way through the crowd toward the bar that was surrounded mostly by men that were hooting and hollering.

What was the big fuss?

I squeezed my way between two jocks screaming for their turn to be next and caught a glimpse of what had every guy in this joint begging to be next.

The girl next door was on her knees, crawling the length of the bar, from one lucky bastard to another. She poured the liquor straight from the bottle into some lucky bastard’s mouth.

“Marry me!” He shouted, and she threw her head back and laughed.

“Oh baby, I’m not the marrying kind,” she said, blowing him a kiss before she rose to her feet and gave me a full view of her outfit. I started with the shoes that stomped across the bar, fucking sexy as hell. I’d make her keep them on when she wrapped her legs around me and wouldn’t even mind those five-inch heels digging into my back. She was a tiny thing, maybe five foot two, if that, but those heels made her killer legs seem so long. Or maybe it was the short plaid skirt that gave every man at the bar a peep show. Her waist was tiny and her stomach flat, but her rack? Man, what I wouldn’t do to shove my face in her tits. Her shirt knotted under her breasts and was open for all to see the black lace bra she was wearing. I squinted, hoping to catch a little peak of her nips but she was moving all over the place, dancing up a storm as she flirted and poured liquor into all the open mouths, waiting for a taste.

Lauren Bianci, the girl next door, rocked the naughty, school girl bit like no one’s business.

“What’s the matter handsome? Why so serious?” She asked. Her big blue eyes, framed by those damn glasses, staring straight into mine. Every fucking thing went south, whatever common sense I had left, all my blood, it all went straight to my dick. She smiled wide, bending down and pulled my hat from my head before she ran her fingers through my messy hair and yanked my head back. “Open up,” she demanded against my ear.

I looked into those eyes and was fucking lost. She could’ve demanded I run around the bar naked, barking like a dog and I would’ve done it. So I opened my mouth and let her poor the cinnamon flavored whiskey down my throat.

My dick was rock-fucking-hard.

Down boy!

She pulled the bottle away and swiped her thumb across my lips.

“Good boy,” she cheered, as she was about to turn her attention to the man beside me but I grabbed her wrist. Something changed in her eyes and she glanced around the bar, my guess in search of a bouncer. She probably thought I was just another schmuck that wanted to take her into a bathroom stall. I kind of did.

I leaned closer, hypnotized by her perfume and sniffed her.

“Show’s over Lauren. Grab your things it’s time to go,” I said against her ear.

She tried to pull her wrist from my hand but my grip tightened and I turned my head a fraction to stare into those blue orbs again. Shit, they were pretty.

“How do you know my name?”

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ABOUT JANINE INFANTE BOSCO

Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 by Kate Perry

28796441Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood-Fehr gave up being a prima ballerina for dreams of love. Big mistake—one she won’t make again.

Determined, she won’t let anything stop her from opening a dance studio. Not her doubts. Not her teenage daughter. And certainly not her new mysterious neighbor, no matter how enticing he might be…


4.5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1, Eleanor has just said goodbye to her unfaithful ex-husband with a stroke of her hand. She’s ready to start her life over and reclaim her dance shoes. Eleanor’s decided to start a dance studio in the shed that used to be her ex-husband’s “man cave“.

Just as Eleanor gets to work on her new dance space, a new neighbor moves in next door. Max may be handsome, but his need for silence quickly hampers Eleanor’s big plans. Eleanor is determined to make Max see the error in his ways and get her studio done.

Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 was a very sweet beginning to a second chance love story. It was filled with Kate Perry’s beautiful writing and storytelling. I loved the hostile attraction between Eleanor and Max. It was a really fun slow-burn romance.

I would caution readers that this is a novella and one of three. There isn’t a conclusion to this part of the story. It simply concludes with a fun cliffhanger-ish ending.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2.