2 Book Lovers Reviews
This week's list of new
releases is posted below. It's
a BIG week that's filled with
a great selection of books to
add to your TBR. Enjoy!
Don’t Speak is a beautiful
contemporary take on the
beloved classic, The Little
Mermaid. Katy Regnery has
taken this tale and given it new
life with a captivating story
and characters that swept me
off my feet from beginning to
New Release & Review:
(Burnham College, #2)
2017. I adored the writing style, characters, and humor
I could not wait to delve into this one. Julianna Keyes did
not disappoint. This book was everything that I was hoping it would be. It brought me back to the campus with that familiar cast of characters that I enjoyed so much. It was brimming with all the humor, tension, and chemistry that makes the New Adult genre so irresistible.
*Read my full review...
- Mister Wrong – By Nicole Williams – She married the wrong brother!
- Don’t Speak (a modern fairytale) – By Katy Regnery – A modern retelling of The Little Mermaid! Read my review!
- Undeclared (Burnham College #2) – By Julianna Keyes - Read my review!
- Something in the Way – By Jessica Hawkins – Forbidden romance between an older man and younger woman! Ooh…looks good! First book in a three book saga!
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,
and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds,
all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?
- Sexiest Dad Alive (Knight Fashion #3) – By M. Clarke
- Mr. Popular: A Falling For My Brother's Best Friend Romance – By Nicole London
- The Hot One – By Lauren Blakely
Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers? Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I've got one goal and one goal only--a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.
Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count--she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.
He's the one who got away . . .
- Cole - By Tijan - Mafia romance!
After an intense whirlwind romance, Karrie Parker thought she had it all: a sexy husband, a loving family, a great career and a beautiful home.
Together they lived a life fit for royalty.
But when tragedy strikes, Karrie is devastated and left to face the consequences of her husband’s deepest, darkest secrets. Discovering the strength to carry on while making important, life-changing decisions, she finds herself desperate for answers. And holding the key to the puzzle is the one man she loathes immensely...
- Dirty Filthy Rich Boys (Dirty Duet #0.5) – By Laurelin Paige – The prologue for Dirty Filthy Rich Men - releasing on March 27th!
- Blackbird (Redemption #1) - By Molly McAdams
I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life.
Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip.
Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.
On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear.
But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away.
We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.
Releasing Tomorrow - February 28th!
- Wait for It – By M. O’Keefe - A tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.
Tiffany: After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.
Blake: I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.
- Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) – By Rachel Van Dyken
- If You Were Mine – By Melanie Harlow - Fake relationship!
- Take Me Back (Paradise, Idaho #4) – By Rosalind James – Stand-alone.
- For His Eyes Only (Masters and Mercenaries) – By Lexi Blake - Romantic suspense!
- Jude (The Saints Series #2) – By Kathy Coopmans – Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone.
I'd dated his brother.
He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.
I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.
Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.
Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.
When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?
- Sweet Rivalry (1001 Dark Nights) – By K. Bromberg
- The Butterfly Project – By Emma Scott - The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.
- Forfeit (Degrees of Separation #1) – By Lydia Michaels & Allyson Young – Not a traditional romance!
December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative, yet adoring personality and he seamlessly holds the indisputable role of head of the household.
But Austin harbors secrets, and the pressure of losing his job makes those festering skeletons impossible to ignore.
Turning to alcohol instead of his wife, Austin finally drives December into the arms of their closest friend, Cord, despite her intense loyalty. Cord has loved December since the day they met. His moral compass is challenged and lines are blurred when Austin steps aside and insists Cord take his place.
Forfeiting all, Austin must face a harsh truth. Take control of his life, or forever lose the woman he loves.
- Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet, Book 2) – By Pepper Winters - This is the conclusion to Crown of Lies.
- Amnesia – By Kylie Hillman – Psychological thriller!
- Under the Peaches (Teaching Love #1) – By Shana Vanterpool – Student/Teacher romance!
Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you're the only guide you have, you don't always do what's best for yourself.
After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore ... to forget...
- Life (Trinity #4) - By Audrey Carlan
- Four Crows - By Lily White - Loyalty is never easy – especially when you’re forced to choose between family and the man you would do anything to possess…
- Jordan Reclaimed: A Preload Novel - By Scarlett Cole - Rock star romance! Stand-alone.
February 27th, 2017
February 24th, 2017
The ancient world is in meltdown. In desperation the priests of the Temple look to the greatest navigators ever known to save their treasures. On a far distant shore, after a voyage more astonishing than any ever undertaken before, a Phoenician named Hanno flees for his life from a terrifying enemy, the place the prophets called the Chariot of the Gods…
The Someday Girl
By Julie Johnson
The Front: Red Devils
By David Moody
February 21st, 2017
Jericho’s Razor is the most fun that I’ve had reading in quite some time. The story kicks off in high gear and never really slows down. It felt like a much more developed book than one of merely 167 pages, and I want more.
Jericho Sands is a fantastic character. He has some baggage, a lot of baggage; he has some enemies, some really nasty enemies, and in the end, he is his own worst enemy.
See my full review...
February 17th, 2017
I’m a sucker for a good zombie book; put a new twist on it and I’m in; put David Moody’s name on it and you better get out of my way. I love the concept behind the creation of this series. Timothy W. Long, David Moody and Craig DiLouie will each write individual books in this six-book series. It’s a fantastic way to get introduced to some new authors, enjoy a fun, fresh story and have something to look forward to.
See my full review...
February 13th, 2017
Upcoming Release: The Front: Red Devils
By David Moody, Craig DiLouie
& Timothy W. Long
Releasing Feb. 15th!
The undead Nazi army continues its march across Europe in the thrilling sequel to Screaming Eagles!
The German stranglehold on the town of Bastogne has been released, only for the living dead to rise up and take their place. A ragtag group of men fight their way out of the chaos and make a frantic escape from the rubble and ruin...
February 10th, 2017
You might think that a man my age doesn’t read Laini Taylor, and you’re partially right, a man my age doesn’t normally read Laini Taylor. If it hadn’t been for one particular thing catching my eye, I might not have read Laini Taylor. And I firmly believe that any man who hasn’t read Laini Taylor is missing out on something very special.
See my full review...
February 6th, 2017
Upcoming Release: Hell is Open
By Gard Sveen
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Sixteen years ago, rookie cop Tommy Bergmann was on the scene when a teenage girl’s mutilated body was discovered in the woods. Schoolteacher Anders Rask confessed to the murder, along with five others. He was sentenced to live out his days in a mental institution outside of Oslo, and the case appeared closed. That is, until now…
January 31st, 2017
This is a return visit to Iceland for me. A new author, a new setting with a new protagonist and a whole new set of problems. I enjoyed my first couple of literary visits to Iceland, so I thought that it was about time to explore a little bit more of the island.
Siglufjordur, a small community in the extremities of Iceland. The setting of Snowblind struck a chord with me...
January 24th, 2017
It…What can I say about It that hasn’t already been said? Which superlatives haven’t already been used to describe Stephen King’s writing? I’ll keep it simple and straight to the point…I loved It. It, in my humble opinion, is one of the best books ever written. You should really read It. I should have read It years ago.
See my full review...
January 16th, 2017
Upcoming Release: Snowblind
By Ragnar Jonasson
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors--accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik--with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.
When a young woman is found lying half-naked inthe snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness--blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from the extraordinary new talent Ragnar Jonasson.
January 10th, 2017
Whenever there is one of these books, you know the ones, where the movie rights are sold as soon as the book comes off the press, I am two things: intrigued and skeptical. Intrigued - what is it about this book that has captured so many people so quickly? Skeptical – what did the marketing machine do to get this book out to so many people so quickly?
January 6th, 2017
The B movie, we all have our own definition of it. For me, the B movie is a film that is shorter, quicker to the punch and something that I would go to when I just want to have a little bit of fun. Hunter Shea is a master of creating the literary equivalent of the B movie. Loch Ness Revenge is a perfect example of this art.
See my full review...
December 30th, 2016
It's the time of year for reflection on the past year, for making lists and planning for the new year. I always find it hard to just pick a few books, but this year it seemed to come together faster than years past. Yes, there were a few books that were, perhaps, better written than others, but the books on this list were the ones that really touched me. Enjoy!
December 23rd, 2016
2016 has been an exciting reading year, filled with some great books. It only seems fitting to close out the year with an interview with David Moody. Autumn had its 15th anniversary, and the whole Year of the Zombie. I'm looking forward to a great new year of reading in 2017. See you in January with my favorites of 2016!
December 20th, 2016
There seems to be a new trend (or at least new to me), where there are two storylines going on at the same time. One is the main story, which kicks off with a strong start that leaves the reader wondering what the hell is going on, a start that feels like I’ve been dropped right in the middle of the story (which is actually the situation); the second storyline is a flashback...
December 19th, 2016
Greg - The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Who is your fictional zombie-killing partner of choice (from television or the movies)?
Wayne - I’d go with CJ from the Dawn of the Dead remake. Love that guy! Such a brilliant anti-hero, made that film for me.
December 13th, 2016
This is exactly what I needed, a fun little trip through the zombie apocalypse. Can you say that the apocalypse is fun and that you need to spend some time with zombies? Why not!
I like to have books like this in my book pocket. Sure, it’s been a while since I read Until the End (Quarantined #1), a couple of years actually...
What he's reading!
What she's reading!