Monthly Archives: July 2021

Review: Last Guard by Nalini Singh

Last Guard is the newest book in Nalini Singh’s powerful Psy/Changeling series. This book in particular focuses on two Psy, Payal and Canto, in the continued fall of silence. They are both designation A, anchors, which up to this point has not been explored much in this world. Readers know Anchors well, anchor the net. They help hold things together, especially now when parts of the net are being destroyed. But Canto realizes that more has to be done and he recruits the enigmatic Payal, who has secrets of her own.

I do not want to say too much about this book because well, it was a great experience to go into the story with not much knowledge. I love revisiting this world Ms. Singh has created. The star of this book is definitely Payal who is a very powerful Psy living with silence still. She has her reasons and does not want to get involved with Canto. These two have opposite family dynamics and for Payal, that makes the thought of a relationship rather unappealing to put it lightly.

Payal is probably one of my new favorite main characters in this series. She holds herself back. She is a protector, both of her beloved sister, and of her city. She has to make some very difficult choices and it shows in the story. At first glance, she doesn’t seem like a great match for Canto but they both discover their strengths increase when they are together.

Last Guard is a very, very strong entry in the Trinity saga of the Psy/Changeling series. I enjoyed the in depth look at the net. I feel like my understanding of the Psy net grows in every book. The Anchors unveil new facets to the net too. It was exciting for me. I feel like maybe some readers may have been able to predict what was coming, but I have never been a reader that easily predicts things so for me, this story was a pretty constant revelation. My only small complaint is well, petty, in that now we are back to waiting for a new story in this world. Nalini Singh’s talent shines through in Last Guard. While you can’t jump immediately into this book, as always, I highly recommend reading this series from first book to the newest addition to the series.

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Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

You’re probably seeing reviews for this book popping up all over the place. I have to say, it’s with good reason because this is the epitome of a fun and romantic summer read. Tessa Bailey has mentioned that she drew inspiration from the Schitt’s Creek tv character, Alexis Rose, for her own character, Piper Bellinger, and it shows, but I do think Tessa does justice to her own unique character in Piper.

When Piper is dumped in front of a group of acquaintances at a party, she kind of goes a bit wild and well, a bit criminal in fact. Her stepdad has had enough of her wild antics and lack of desire to do anything with her life so he sends her to the town she was born in, Westport, far from the glitz of California. Piper manages to get her sister to come along for the ride, so at least she isn’t alone. But this is going to be a rude awakening.

I’ve not had the easiest time of digging into and enjoying books in the last few months (year) but this book grabbed me. I just really liked Piper. She is kind and goes out of her way to help others. It is certainly true that she had an easy upbringing and hasn’t had to work too hard in her life. BUT, believe me when I say that doesn’t define her. She is willing to prove herself, even if in doing so she just hopes to get back to her party-girl life at first. But soon she is involved in Westport. And she is involved with local fisherman, Brendan. He has his doubts about Piper too in the beginning but like the reader, he starts to see quickly there is more to her than meets the eye.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will just say I really, really enjoyed this sweet book. It’s very sexy (though I wouldn’t say it is Tessa Bailey’s hottest book to date). It made me happy to read it. There is some conflict obviously but thank goodness I was reassured these two would get a happy ending (it is a romance book after all).

Piper is not dumb. She is not an airhead. She has a lot of potential inside of her and this story gives her the chance to unleash it on Brendan and the reader. This book is satisfying in every way.

ARC provided by Edelweiss.

Excerpt: Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley

Cathay Yardley is joining us to share a romcom we’re so excited about! Check out Love, Comment, Subscribe and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Love, Comment, Subscribe

Author: Cathay Yardley

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: October 1st

 

About Love, Comment, Subscribe:

Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line.

Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist.

When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?

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She looked at him, and it really seemed like he wasn’t, so she kept going. “I just…they were all so good looking. They always had stories about these parties and glamping trips where they’d get drunk and get wild, and they were having sex, and it was so damned exclusive, even though there wasn’t anything specific, you know? It wasn’t like they were a country club or something. You just…you fit in, or you didn’t.”

Mikki paused for a second. “I’m guessing it didn’t go well,” he said finally when she didn’t automatically continue.

“It went about as well as expected,” she said, even as memories swamped her.

Vanessa’s judging, puzzled expression. “So…did you, um, want something?”

Lily felt her stomach knot, even after all these years.

“Anyway,” she said brightly, “we did what we set out to do.”

“Was there any doubt?” Mikki said, clinking his beer bottle against her glass. “You, my dear, are an absolute beast, and I think there’s nothing you can’t get if you set your mind to it.”

She smiled back at him. Being a YouTuber might seem frivolous, but she knew better than anyone it was a business, one that took hard work and dedication, one you had to take seriously.

No one took success more seriously than she did.

 

About Cathy Yardley:

Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin’s, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right. She likes writing about quirky, crazy adventures, because she’s had plenty of her own: she had her own army in the Society of Creative Anachronism; she’s spent a New Year’s on a 3-day solitary vision quest in the Mojave Desert; she had VIP access to the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Now, she spends her time writing in the wilds of East Seattle, trying to prevent her son from learning the truth of any of said adventures, and riding herd on her two dogs (and one husband.)

 

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Review and Release Blitz: Crazy in Love by S.L. Scott

Release Date: July 8

The premise of Crazy in Love intrigued me. I’m glad I gave this book a try. I think this is one of the first (only?) books I have read by author S.L. Scott and now I have a new author to add to my list of potential books to try!

Harrison and Tatum had a one-night stand. Harrison, jaded playboy though he is, really thought, for one magical moment, it could be something more. But then Tatum leaves and Harrison fails to call her. So when Tatum finds out that Harrison is moving to New York for awhile for his job, and will be in close contact with her best friend (currently married to Harrison’s best friend) well, she knows she has to try to put their night in the past once and for all. It’s easier said than done.

I think what intrigued me most about this book when I started reading it is that I didn’t warm up to Tatum immediately. She was sending some really weird, mixed signals to Harrison. I didn’t blame him for being confused. One moment she tells him she wants to try to start fresh and be friends, the next she is yelling at him for failing to call her. It was… well, it didn’t thrill me, I will put it that way.

But, and here’s the good part, Tatum matures. She starts taking a bigger interest in the company she works for, taking on new responsibilities so her best friend, currently pregnant, will have less on her plate. Tatum herself starts to realize that maybe she has done some self-sabotaging in the past. I was glad I didn’t have to work too hard to find ways to connect with Tatum as the story went on. I fully believe and endorse that female characters can be unlikeable but I admit, I like to find a way to connect with the characters I’m reading about. I was glad to find that connection in Tatum.

Harrison is a bit more stereotypical rich guy playboy but in the end, I liked how he shows Tatum he cares. It honestly wasn’t easy for either of these characters to let down their guard. Despite having close friends as an easy connection, Tatum and Harrison have a bit of a frenemies feel in the beginning. Things get complicated with the unplanned pregnancy however. It seems like their relationship is about to go south permanently.

Crazy in Love is satisfying. I really like the book cover and fortunately, I ended up liking the story. This story features characters from what I am assuming are past books but I didn’t have a difficult time at all in jumping into Tatum and Harrison’s story. This book is worth a try!

 

“All of the FEELS!” – Jen’s Dreamy Reads

 

One night will never be enough.

~

We made a pact. One night.

 

No strings.

No attachments.

No numbers exchanged.

 

I caved and gave Harrison Decker my number anyway. He just chose not to use it.

 

Four years later, his job brings him back into my world looking more handsome than ever and now making an effort to befriend me. Is my heart willing to take another chance on that man?

 

Call me crazy or crazy in love. Either way, I’m not falling for him. Again. 

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Meet S.L. Scott
New York Times and USA Bestselling Author, S. L. Scott, was always interested in the arts. She grew up painting, writing poetry and short stories, and wiling her days away lost in a good book and the movies.
With a degree in Journalism, she continued her love of the written word by reading American authors like Salinger and Fitzgerald. 
 
She was intrigued by their flawed characters living in picture perfect worlds, but could still debate that the worlds those characters lived in were actually the flawed ones. 
This dynamic of leaving the reader invested in the words, inspired Scott to start writing with emotion while interjecting an underlying passion into her own stories.
 
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. She dreams of seeing one of her own books made into a movie one day as well as returning to Europe. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.


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