June Wrap Up

I can’t believe today is the last day of June! Quick side note, I’m blown away by how fun my first three weeks book blogging have been! The support in the bookish community is amazing and I couldn’t be more proud to be apart of it. Thanks to everyone of you that follow me here and on social media and take the time to read my stuff. It’s much appreciated!

So technically I read 11 books this month but I only reviewed 9. The other two were older books that I borrowed from the library. I wanted to hurry and get to reading the new releases and review them, so I didn’t bother writing reviews. 

Here are the 9 books from June and links to my reviews.









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I read some really fantastic books in June, excited for July! Look for a TBR post tomorrow.

What did you guys read and love this month? Did anyone read any of the same books I did? Thoughts? 

Book blitz: The Rock Star’s Secret Baby by Blair Babylon

The Rock Star’s Secret Baby by Blair Babylon

Publication date: June 28th 2016

Genres: Adult, Romance

The first time that Dr. Andy Kumar had seen Cadell Glynn—all six feet, four inches of him, tribal tattoos winding around his arms, fingertips deeply callused from years of pressing steel guitar strings, dressed in leather pants and a tee shirt ripped at the neck that let the tattoos on his muscular shoulders peek through, blue-tipped black hair spiraling in curls and swaying near his shoulders, and fear and helplessness filling his dark eyes at the sight of his sick child hooked up to two different IVs and crying—Andy had known that he was going to be trouble.
Mr. Glynn had interrogated Andy and the other surgeons, asking why, and when, and how, and would it hurt Emily too much.
He had calmed down some after that first week. Some.
After a few weeks, when Emily had stabilized, Mr. Glynn had backed off from the third degree, but he had begun to mention that there were other things in life outside the hospital. Restaurants. Dancing. Concerts. For months.
She should not date him for so many reasons. So many.
Andy wished that the hot rock star daddy would quit asking her out.


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Review of The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin 

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Release date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Mystery

Goodreads blurb: 

Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah’s single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now – and life as she knows it stops.
For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought – I’m not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn’t care – something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he’s found it.
Soon Noah, Janie and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for seven years – and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.


The premise of this book pulled me in. I have not given much thought about the idea of reincarnation, but it is undoubtedly an interesting topic. What makes it interesting is that not one of us actually knows if it is possible, or what really happens to us after death? This debut novel explores these questions and more. 

Janie has always know her son Noah is “different”. He says strange things and has odd habits. As a single mother she is navigating parenthood the best way she knows how to. Noah is complicated and Janie has a desperate desire to help him. She’s been to countless psychologists and is not comfortable with any of the so called answers she’s receiving. When she meets Jerome, she allows herself to cling to a light glimmer of hope that maybe he will be the one to finally help her son.

This book deals with the power of our memories and how they impact our daily lives. It asks profound questions regarding death and the afterlife that are thought provoking and deep. Interspersed throughout are short tales about experiences with reincarnation that I found fascinating. The whole idea of reincarnation itself gave me much to ponder.

Per usual, I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling things. I did enjoy this read and thought there was some beautiful writing throughout. However, I wasn’t blown away as much as I was expecting. I had heard great things about this book and Guskin as an up and coming novelist, but unfortunately I was left wanting more. More what exactly? I wanted to relate more to the characters in a sense. Generally I tend to know I really enjoyed a book if I find myself thinking of the characters even when I’m not reading. An attachment of sorts. I didn’t have that here. I can’t quite put my finger on it, I just know that I was anticipating that I would give this book a 4 or maybe even the elusive 5 star review.

Overall rating: 3/5

Book blitz: Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover

Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover 
(Second Chances #7) 

Published by: Loveswept

Publication date: June 28th 2016

Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.
When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. 
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. 
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over seventeen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae. 

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Book blitz: Nuclear Heat by J.L. White

Nuclear Heat by J.L. White (Firework Girls #4) 

Publication date: June 28th 2016 

Genres: New Adult, Romance

They call us the Firework Girls.
I’m Sam. Let’s get one thing straight. Marriage is fine for some people, but it’s got nothing to do with me. If you knew the truth about my past, believe me, you’d understand.
But hey, I’m not complaining. I’ve got a good job. Great friends. And when I need a little something in the man department, well… I’ve never had any trouble getting that when I want it either.
Then Jack has to come along and screw it all up.
I never saw it coming. I mean, we’ve been friends for six years. Years. But in one moment… one gooseflesh-inducing, world tilting, alarming moment… it all starts to change.
Let me tell you something, the last thing in the world I wanted to do was freaking fall in love. But that Jack snuck right under my radar.
I’m not too happy about it either.
Not one damn bit.


J.L. White writes steamy romances featuring smart, sexy women and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. Her sexy love stories are full of passion but don’t skimp on the tenderness. 
She’s addicted to trendy coffee houses, poolside lounging, and HEAs. When not tapping blissfully away on her laptop, she takes time to enjoy life with her husband and their children. 
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Cover reveal: This is Me by C. E. Wilson

This is Me.
C.E. Wilson
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction


Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT

Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?

Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?

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C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, “Oath of Servitude,” was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn’t looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

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Review of The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger 

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Release date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Simon&Schuster

Goodreads blurb: 

Charlotte “Charlie” Silver has always been a good girl. She excelled at tennis early, coached by her father, a former player himself, and soon became one of the top juniors in the world. When she leaves UCLA—and breaks her boyfriend’s heart—to turn pro, Charlie joins the world’s best athletes who travel eleven months a year, competing without mercy for Grand Slam titles and Page Six headlines.
After Charlie suffers a disastrous loss and injury on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, she fires her longtime coach and hires Todd Feltner, a legend of the men’s tour, who is famous for grooming champions. Charlie is his first-ever female player, and he will not let her forget it. He is determined to change her good-girl image—both on the court and off—and transform her into a ruthless competitor who will not only win matches and climb the rankings, but also score magazine covers and seven-figure endorsement deals. Her not-so-secret affair with the hottest male player in the world, sexy Spaniard Marco Vallejo, has people whispering, and it seems like only a matter of time before the tabloids and gossip blogs close in on all the juicy details. Charlie’s ascension to the social throne parallels her rising rank on the women’s tour—but at a major price.
Lauren Weisberger’s novel brings us exclusive behind-the-scenes details from all the Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open, the French Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. Charlie Silver jets around the globe, plays charity matches aboard Mediterranean megayachts, models in photo shoots on Caribbean beaches, walks the red carpet at legendary player parties, and sidesteps looming scandals—all while trying to keep her eyes on the real prize. In this sexy, unputdownable read about young tennis stars who train relentlessly to compete at the highest levels while living in a world obsessed with good looks and Instagram followers, Charlie must discover the secret to having it all—or finally shatter the illusion for good. 


This will one of the best summer reads, I’m calling it now. It has all the required elements; drama, gorgeous and wealthy characters, sex, gossip, and exotic locations. It’s literally the perfect beach/vacation read. I’m almost a little mad at myself for not waiting to read it until I go on vacation next week. 

Charlie is such a fun character. She’s smart, spunky, like able, hip and fun. Yes, she’s serious about tennis. She’s a high level competitive athlete after all. But she’s more than stoic, fierce and determined. I basically want to be Charlie. Except without the intense training she does. It’s insane. I loved the peek into the life of a high profile professional female athlete. It was fascinating to read about all the time, blood, sweat and tears that are necessary  to perform at the top levels of the world. On top of the physical demands, Charlie had to battle her way to the top while facing sexism and downright bitchy,catty and cutthroat fellow women pros. 

The book follows one of the toughest years in Charlie’s life. She seriously injured herself during a match at Wimbledon and the story continues as she strives to make her comeback. While tennis is the primary focus, you also get a tantalizing glimpse into A list parties and events full of delicious and egocentric characters. There’s Natalya, Charlie’s biggest rival who takes bitchiness to a whole new level, Marco the playboy men’s tennis champ who has spicy and sexy scenes with Charlie, Jack, Charlie’s brother and manager, Todd, her new coach who is insanely intense and who pushes Charlie to the brink on and off the court,Dan, her hot new training partner, and finally Charlie’s dad. There are some sweet and totally relatable scenes between the two that bring a tenderness to the book.

If you want a light, fun, scandalous and sexy read this summer, pre order this one.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Schuster for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Cover reveal: A Sprint to His Heart by Lyla Bardan

A Sprint to His Heart by Lyla Bardan 

Publication date: July 13th 2016

Genres: New Adult, Romance


An ordinary young woman with a dream to be a professional cyclist falls for an extraordinary young man who thinks she’s anything but ordinary.
Bailey Meyers doesn’t have time for distractions, much less a boyfriend, so why does she agree to date the drop-dead sexy Fae artist who loves to watch her race? Because for once, she’d like to take a risk off the racecourse, even after her coach’s reminder of his no dating policy. A policy that puts her racing career in jeopardy when she’s kicked off the team, as if a concussion from a crash and an accusation of doping with dark Fae blood wasn’t enough.
She can’t stay away from the enchanting Piran of Sava…until she discovers he’s not who she thought he was. Can their love stay on course when Bailey joins a cycling team a thousand miles away and Piran is promised to a Fae princess?


Lyla Bardan wrote her first romance in fifth grade and was horrified when her male teacher read it aloud in class. She wrote her second romance in the seventh grade after seeing two great horned owls engage in a rather fascinating courtship dance. As the male hooted, danced, and bobbed for the female, Lyla knew there was a story to be told. This discovery of passion in the animal world led to a lifelong interest in science, other worldly creatures, and their love stories.
While in college, Lyla joined a sci-fi/fantasy acting group, where she and others made puppets and produced plays for fellow students. Her favorite part was not creating the overly detailed and ornate puppets of fairies, demons, and dragons, but writing romance bits into every script.
It wasn’t until years into an unfulfilling scientific research career that Lyla came back to her roots of writing. Reaching into her dreams and fantasies, she left the research behind and now stays busy writing from the comfort of her home office, overlooking her well-maintained fairy garden, fruit bearing trees, and a number of birdhouses. There she can relax and remember that it was two birds that originally sparked her interest in love stories just begging to be told.
Note: Bits of this fascinating biography (written by Lyla’s daughter) are actually true!

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Review of My Girl by Jack Jordan

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: July 4, 2016

Publisher: JJP

Goodreads blurb: 

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man. 
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house. 
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death? 
Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets. 
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me. 


Let me start off by saying I’m not one to gush. Fair warning, this will be a very gushy review. 

I started this book last night with no intention of finishing it in one sitting. I was simply trying to unwind for the night and read just a few chapters. Well, joke is on me because I completely devoured this book in less than two hours!

Paige is such a tragedy. She’s like a train wreck that you can’t possibly tear your eyes away from. She is so damaged and broken that it’s heartbreaking. She is at the very end of her rope and is clinging onto what’s left of her sanity for dear life.  And who could possibly blame her? She’s been dealt some devastating and unimaginable blows that would break even the strongest of people.

I really want to talk about this book in depth, but alas I would spoil it for everyone. Let’s just say that it is shocking, twisted and addicting. One of the twists blew my mind. I actually had to pause from reading and let what just happened sink in. I even said, no effing way! out loud. This book has a secure spot on my must read least for this year. 

Keep in mind, this novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s very dark and terrifying in so many ways, but Jordan is one hell of a storyteller and his writing is compelling and totally drew me in. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Netgalley and JJP for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Review of Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Genre: Mystery/Thriller 

Release date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Touchstone

Goodreads blurb: 

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what. 


Mysteries and thrillers are my hands down favorite types of book to read. Nothing excites me more than discovering a new to me author and I seriously cannot believe it took me this long to get my hands on one of Lisa Unger’s books! Her writing style is right up my alley and I’m quite sure she’ll be right up there next to some of my other favorite mystery/thriller novelists.

This book is absolutely gripping and had me completely drawn in and consumed from the first few pages. I was immediately connected to Finley and Merri right from their first appearances. They are both haunted individuals, but for completely different reasons. Finley is tormented by her “gift” of prophetic dreams. She’s struggling to navigate this unknown path in her life that she never asked for.Merri is living every parents worst nightmare; her daughter Abbey,has been missing for months. As a parent to young children myself, there were several moments throughout the book where my heart was fluttering as I could feel Merri’s panic and anxiety through the pages. 

The setting that Unger creates in the Hollows is stunning. You can feel the chill of the woods and at times I would swear that I could almost hear the whispers of the woods. She paints a picture of a terrifying forest that demands things of its residents. The addition of paranormal phenomena only seeks to add to the intense and chilling atmosphere. While paranormal/psychic encounters play a large role in the book, Unger brings it to a basic human level that is completely relatable even if you are a skeptic. 

As usual, I don’t want to give too much away as the twists in this novel are shocking and fantastic. It was a wild ride that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. If you like a good psychological thriller with intrigue and suspense, then this one is for you. 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Netgalley and Touchstone for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.