Friday, October 28, 2016

THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne / Audiobook Review

Written by: Sally Thorne
Published by: William Morrow
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Purchase: Harper Collinsamazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | audible
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

If you have a couple who hates each other OHSOMUCH, it's pretty guaranteed that I will love this story and love it with the light of a thousand burning stars. And these two, Lucy and Joshua, utilize the very best of banter and zing-iest of zingers.

As those of us, who have made it our life's mission to find the snarkiest of romance novels, already know, hate and love sometimes do blend. What starts out as a full-on hating game quickly dissolves into something else. And fans of that something else, well, we just wait and wait and wait. That anticipation doesn't kill us, in fact it has the opposite effect--it makes us flip pages faster.

I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I've had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.

Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you're in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You're consumed, and it scares you.

Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game - and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.

I had to give you a taste of Lucy's voice. She is everything I love in a romance novel. She is bold, strong and determined to get that promotion instead of her arch-enemy, Joshua. Lord, I loved her sense of humor!

For those of us who love the rhythm of a Pride & Prejudice plot, The Hating Game will feel familiar, and yet, different (maybe I just read P&P into every romance?!?!). One of the aspects I enjoyed was the presence of both of their families. They were funny (her Dad refusing to get Josh's name right), and real (Joshua's mom). Just because we're grown-ups doesn't mean we don't have our families in our lives, and this story represented them so well.

I listened to the audiobook, and the performance of Katie Schorr really brought all the characters off the page and into my car. Her intonations and inflections were perfectly done especially in their snarky convos.

I cannot believe this is Sally's debut story. I am so looking forward to more of her writing. If you love banter as much as I do, then please, pick up The Hating Game. This is one book that must be read and soon!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

BURY THE LIVING (The Revolutionary #1) By Jodi McIsaac / Spotlight / Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my very belated scheduled post for BURY THE LIVING. Gotta love it when emails get filtered into the wrong box. I am thrilled to share my scheduled spotlight for Jodi's newest release. This adult novel sounds like a great read, and it's one I'm looking forward to reading. 


By: Jodi McIsaac
Published by: 47North
Released on: September 6th, 2016
Series: The Revolutionary #1
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Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.


Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).

She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whisk(e)y.



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Monday, October 3, 2016

BEAUTIFUL by Christina Lauren / Book Review

By: Christina Lauren
Published by: Gallery Books
Released on: October 4th, 2016
Series: Beautiful Bastards #10
Purchase from: Simon & Schuster | Amazon 
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I received a copy of the book to review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

From New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren comes the final installment in the Beautiful Bastard series, BEAUTIFUL. This 10th and final title in the series serves as the perfect send off to the group of friends readers have come to love.

After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends. 

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him . . . or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.
With this circle of friends, there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are simply Beautiful.  

A BEAUTIFUL ending! 

All the book feelings for this perfect send off for the characters Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard series. BEAUTIFUL not only gives fans of the series two new characters to fall in love with, it wraps up the stories for all the previous characters readers have come to love, in the most beautiful way. With love, friendships, romance, humor, and plenty of sizzle in-between, BEAUTIFUL is the ending fans of the series will love. 

Christina Lauren doesn't hold back in this last installment in a series that has swept readers off their feet. I loved getting to know Pippa and Jensen, as much as I loved seeing what comes next for the other characters. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and swoon. It's always bittersweet when a series comes to an end, but this ending was perfect. 

If you're a fan of this series, you'll definitely want to pick this book up!