Review: P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon

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Author: S.E. Harmon
Publication Date: June 12, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 256 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.

Is it a surprise that I get freaked out by book about ghosts? P.S. I Spook You is actually not that big on any big scary build-up, but I see this book as more of a second-chance romance with some paranormal elements woven into the story. Rain Christiansen is a FBI agent and is in a bit of a bind with the agency after admitting that he can see and talk to ghosts. As expected, no one believes him and he was sent to a psychologist. His reputation damaged, his boss sends him on what should be an easy assignment – make nice with a police department and help them with a cold case. Rain doesn’t really another choice in the matter if he wants to keep being a FBI agent, so he agrees to a case back in his hometown in Florida, working alongside his ex-boyfriend, Daniel “Danny” McKenna.

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ARC Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 336 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

The feeling of finishing this book is one where it feels like I should go out and take on the world. This is a fast-paced story and definitely a strong and powerful read for teens and young adults. Since I haven’t seen this stated beforehand going into this book, I will say that there are trigger warnings in this book for sexual harassment and talk of rape/sexual assault (doesn’t happen to the main character, but to another character).

Moxie is a book that’s about fighting back, giving teens a voice to speak out against injustice, and the power of girls sticking together.

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ARC Review: Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 353 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem…and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Wow. How can I even begin to describe this book? This book absolutely blew me away with how much I loved it. Warcross is nothing like Marie Lu’s previous books, and brings us into a world where the people around the world are all hooked into one game that has  become a way of life – both providing a virtual reality and an escape for those looking for one.

Emika Chen has few dollars left in her name, her rent is late, and she’s having no luck lately as a bounty hunter. The eviction notice outside her apartment is a constant reminder that she’ll be kicked out by the end of the week if she doesn’t come up with some money. And fast. It’s the night of the Warcross opening ceremonies and in the opening game, Emika takes a risk to hack into the game to make some quick cash, but winds up glitching into the game. The creator of Warcross, and the glasses that allows its users to hook into the system, is nothing short of a genius. He’s in his early twenties and created everything they know today when he was only in his teens. Hideo Tanaka is a mysterious guy who’s in the tabloids often, but does anyone really know the suit-wearing, rarely smiling guy behind the devices that have changed the world?

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Release Day Blitz: Blood Guard (Mission #1) by Megan Erickson

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Author: Megan Erickson
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Page Length: 182 pages

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“Megan Erickson knows how to bring the heat! With a kick-butt heroine and a hero to die for, Blood Guard kept me reading all night long.”New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff

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ARC Review: Sanctuary (Beards & Bondages #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 256 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

When she needs a sanctuary…

Targeted by a sadistic former client, attorney Liz Lewis needs a place to lay low. When a friend offers her his family farm as a safe house, she eagerly accepts, unaware that she’ll have to share the farm with her friend’s brawny, beautiful brother, Silas McInroy.

…she invades his…

Weary of a world that doesn’t understand him, Silas just wants to be left alone to grow the best produce upstate New York has to offer. Still, he’s not going to toss a woman out when her safety is on the line. But the only way to explain her presence on his farm is to claim that they fell in love online…and the last thing he needs is a fake relationship that threatens to become more and more real every day.

With her world turned upside down and danger on her trail, Liz knows that this temporary refuge can’t last forever…but leaving the comfort and ease of Silas’s arms and farm to face the reality of her life may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

This series likes starting books off with a bang. And by that, I mean death, not sex. Even though there is a lot of hot sex in these books. This story starts out with Liz Lewis and she’s in a bit of a bind when a former client sends out a hitman to murder her in her apartment. She barely escapes, but she needs a place to get away while her friend, Scott, makes a few calls and looks into the entire situation. So, Scott decides to send her to the most secluded, out-of-the-way place he can – to his brother’s Silas’ farm. What Scott failed to mention is that him and Silas are on bad terms with one another and the community around the farm is small and everyone knows each other’s business. In order to keep the real reason Liz is there, Liz and Silas is going to have to fake a loving relationship with one another for the duration of her stay.

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ARC Review: Heat Wave (Seasons of Love #3) by Elyse Springer

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Author: Elyse Springer
Publication Date: July 31, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 253 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Sara Walker’s life is going nowhere fast: she has a job she enjoys but doesn’t love, friends who are too busy to hang out with her, and no boyfriend in sight. Then a phone call on a lonely Friday night changes everything, and suddenly she’s spending her weekends with Laura. Newly single and openly bisexual, Laura makes Sara think decidedly not-straight thoughts.

Laura Murphy, with her red hair, freckles, and killer curves, is any guy’s wet dream. But Laura’s done with guys for now, and it’s Sara who can’t stop dreaming about her. When Sara finally gives in to the curiosity, Laura blows her mind and pushes her further than she’s ever gone before.

But Laura makes it very clear that this is only a rebound fling, and she’s still planning to move to California. She’s more than happy to tie Sara up, but she’s not ready to be tied down. If Sara wants to keep her, she’s going to have to work hard to convince Laura that New York is worth staying for . . . and so is she.

There were definitely things I liked about this book, and I guess some things I didn’t? It took me quite a while before I managed to just pick up the book again after I put it down, and actually finish the book. What I did love is that we finally got Sara’s story! We first met Sara as Nate’s best friend in book one, Whiteout, and now she finally gets her own HEA! And this is a f/f romance with two bisexual characters, which I really liked.

Sara is working at a diner and her life is fine, but even when she wants to go out and do something, it’s like all her friends have found their true loves, and she’s the one stuck at home with nothing to do. That’s when her and Laura meet up. Just for drinks at first. Their only real connection before this is the fact that they now share the same ex-boyfriend. Laura is confident with her sexuality and Sara is less so. Sara’s discovering that maybe she’s got a thing for Laura, or maybe all women, but Laura’s just looking for a rebound. Maybe to even help Sara out as she starts realizing that she’s bisexual.

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Review: Owned by Fate (Serve #1) by Tessa Bailey

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Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 230 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Her mind rejects his world. But her body knows its master.

Journalist Caroline Preston arrives at Serve, New York City’s hottest BDSM club, with one goal—to hate it. If her brother wasn’t trying to turn the family’s respectable financial magazine into a publication that features “lifestyle” pieces for the wealthy and adventurous, she wouldn’t even be there, trying to write an article about a world she doesn’t understand. But then she sees him.

Jonah Briggs doesn’t leave his post for just anyone. As the owner of the club, his sole purpose is to ensure that his clientele get everything they need, but when he sees Caroline, his only thought is what he wants—to dominate the sexy little reporter and give the most exquisite pleasure she’s ever experienced.

Caroline has no intention of entering that particular lion’s den—not with her family’s reputation at stake—no matter how dark, sexy, and complex the lion in question may be. But with every encounter, she craves more, and with every slide of his lips, she realizes Jonah might just be the man to break down all her defenses…if she’ll let him.

I know. I shouldn’t have expected much from this book in the first place, but it would have been fine if everything was all fun and games? Instead, there’s just a lot of minor problematic issues that just really added up to me…not liking the book all that much. Add in the last 20% of the plot and I just didn’t really care much about the characters at that point?

This book is about Caroline Preston. She prides herself on being a respected journalist and her upcoming article on the BDSM club, Serve, will make or break the deal that could turn her family’s financial magazine company around. The magazine isn’t doing well and in an effort to be edgier, offering something their competitors isn’t, her brother wants to turn the magazine into a lifestyle magazine that fits their wealthy Wall Street-type clientele. Caroline’s father isn’t into that idea, and neither is Caroline. But she goes to the club anyways as research, dragging her friend along with her. When her friend goes off with another guy and leaves Caroline at the bar alone, she meets Jonah Briggs – the owner of Serve.

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