Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book Review: Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting! (@helenahunting)

Forever Pucked (Pucked #4)
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Published: Helena Hunting

My Rating:

Being engaged to Alex Waters, team captain and the highest paid NHL player in the league, is awesome. How could it not be?
In addition to being an amazing hockey player, he’s an incurable romantic with an XL heart, and an XXL hockey stick in his pants. And he knows how to use it. Incredibly, orgasmically well. Alex is the whole package and more. Literally. Like his package is insane. Total world record holder material.
So it makes complete sense that Violet Hall can’t wait to nail him down to the matrimonial mattress and become Mrs. Violet Waters.
It’s so romantic.
Violet is totally stoked to set a date.
Eventually. At some point. Likely before the next millennium. Or when Violet stops getting hives every time someone brings up the wedding, and their mothers stop colluding on stadium sized venues. Whichever comes first.
So Helena took the series back to the beginning couple, Alex and Violet. These two are my ultimate favorite couple. There are no filters in their conversations, no limits to the weirdness as a couple and just all around so much freaking love between them.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #57

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

Author: Laura Stampler
Release Date: July 19, 2016

Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick's backyard can one girl take? That's why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper's totally in.
There's just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn't have a lot of - or, really, any - dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend's experiences as her own on her Shiftapplication. But she can learn on the job...right?
From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog-walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City--and as the writer of her own destiny.

The cover is adorable! And who hasn't told a little white lie from time to time to get what you want?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Freebie: Ten Reasons We Love...

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Freebie week! Allows us to do things that we couldn't cause of busy lives and such. 

Top Five Reasons I Love Pierce Brown

1. He's a geek like me. He loves Star Wars (he's read the old Extended Universe books like I have!), Battlestar Galactica, and Harry Potter. In fact, when I got Red Rising the first thing I read was his bio on the back flap and it said, "Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body."

I knew then I'd like him.

2. He's funny and doesn't take himself too seriously. He's got some great stories about his life and inspirations.I love watching his interviews, con panels and book talks on youtube.

3. He's personable and loves to talk to his fans. The few times I have met him were awesome. He takes time to talk to you, take photos and you never feel rushed or pushed away. I could talk more about it, but my stories can get long.

4. The Swag! Pierce and artist Joel Daniel Phillips just finished a Kickstarter project where they had limited edition prints, posters, t-shirts, pins, etc of RRT art. I participated and my pledge reward was a set of 3 (16X20) handmade screen print featuring the artwork of Joel Daniel Phillips, as seen in Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star. Each print comes hand numbered from a limited edition of only 200 copies made.

5. The most obvious, he wrote the Red Rising Trilogy and gave us memorable characters that have become some of my nikkfavorites. RRT is my favorite literary sic-fi story. I am so excited to see the adventures continue in Iron Gold.

Top Five Reasons I Love Author Events

1. I get to stay in a hotel. I know, weird reason. But when me and my friends get to go to an event out of town, I love that we get to stay overnight. It just feels special. One of my faves was when we did the Lovely Ladies in DC signing. The hotel was GORGEOUS! I mean, look at all the signatures on the wall. 

2. Meeting my favorite authors. This is kinda a given. But to me, authors are kind of like celebrities. But the fun kind who are fangirls just like you. Some of the conversations I've had with authors have been downright amazing. And hilarious.

3. SWAG! I love swag. bookmarks, key chains, magnets, candy, bracelets. All of it. And these signings come with a whole lotta swag. My favorite swag piece ever was from Tessa Bailey from my first event. She had little battery operated fans. Best ever because these signings can get sweltering.

4. Finding NEW authors. A lot of times, we go for about a quarter of the authors signed up. But when we're done, we get to walk around and see what is there that we haven't read. And meeting all the people and hearing all their recommendations is good too. You know an author is good when she can sell her book to you in that short time of being at her table, you know she's good.

5. Selfies. This kind of goes with number 2. But getting that little piece to remember the moment you got to meet your author, is awesome. Look at my pics from Lovely Ladies DC below. Those were some of my faves. 

Me and my friends from this weekend in Cleveland with BT Urrella. Yummy!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Author Interview: Sarina Bowen! AND Cover Reveal for Hard Hitter!

Lazy Book Lovers: Do you read/respond to your reviews? Any advice on how to deal with the bad ones?

Sarina Bowen: I read some reviews, it just depends on how busy I am. But I try never to respond, even to factual inaccuracies. Once I put up a book for sale, it's no longer mine to interpret. There's this wonderful line in Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC where she says, "Let people have their opinions. More than that--let people love their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours." Whenever I read this quote it reminds me how the world works!

LBL: You've probably have been asked what your writing process is, I would like to know what are some of your writing distractions?

SB: Everything is a distraction! Dirty dishes. Laundry. Children. You just have to love your story enough to stick with it. It works on most days!

LBL: I'm sure your books have inspired other authors. What authors inspired you?

SB: Alice Hoffman was the first novelist who ever inspired me. I still love her.

LBL: Us being the Lazy Book Lovers, what are some of the things that you do in your down time to veg out?

SB: Hmm. I'm not good at vegging out. I read other people's books, I guess.

LBL: What made you put the Star Wars references in Bittersweet?

SB: I see Griff as a crusader, and I thought he could identify.

LBL: Is this book something you've wanted to do for awhile?

SB: Yes! Here's a secret--before I wrote romance, I was a food writer for a while. Bittersweet is like coming home.

LBL: What was the hardest scene to write? (hint hint the slaughter scene)

SB: I struggled the most with Jude's book, honestly. Griff and Audrey are mostly sunshine and rainbows. And bacon is tasty so the pig slaughter didn't really get to me.

LBL: Will Zach get his own book?

SB: Yes, I promise.

LBL: Describe Bittersweet in 3 words?

SB: Hot, steamy, delicious


Who also loves cover reveals?!

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)
Sarina Bowen
Release Date: January 3, 2017

From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #56

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

Author: Alice Clayton
Release Date: July 12, 2016

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.
Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.
Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it

First comes nuts, now cream? Yes! This is going to be hot. I can just imagine the jokes that will come up about udders. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Halfway through the year. See what we loved so far! (Click the picture for the review)

( Review To Come)                                 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Dirty by Kylie Scott! (@KylieScottbooks)

Dirty (Dive Bar #1)
Author: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Published: St. Martin's Griffin

My Rating:

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.
Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.
After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

Waiting for this book to come out felt like I was in Westeros waiting for winter to come. Finally though, it came and it was glorious. Everything thing about this was 10s across the board. The characters were full and vibrant. The writing was on point. And the story flowed as smoothly as wine in Tyrion’s goblet. (Game of Thrones references FTW!)