February Highlights

February Calendar Clipart
February Highlights

Working out:
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I ran a total of 13 miles this month. I think for just getting back into running and working out, this is an alright start. My goal for March is to run at least 13.1 miles. I am hoping next month will be warmer so I can run outside more ūüôā

Books I’ve Read:
Feb reading
Wow, I read a lot this month! I’m not sure I will be able to read this much next month but I guess we will see. My favorite book I read this month was Gifted Theif. The worst book I read this month was Becoming Alpha. If you missed any of my book reviews, below are the links to check them out ūüôā

The Fifth Wave (The FifthWave, #1)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1)
Raw and Dirty (Bad Boys MC #1)
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)
Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5)
The Safe Bet (The Game Changers, #3)
The Burning Sky (Elemental Trilogy #1)

Writing: 
Feb words
This month I was able to get an ok chapter written in my book, I figured out the outline for the book, and I edited two chapters. I still don’t have a title picked out and I’m not sure how or when that will happen. ¬†I’m not feeling great about my progress this month on my book. My goal next month is to write for at least 10 minutes each day and spend 30 minutes writing/editing/working on my book.

Fun and Interesting Posts to look back on:

56 Challenge: Random sentence on page 56 in a favorite book
Polar V800 Athletic Watch– taking an in-depth look at this watch
The Perfect Self Image– Asking the question “Do you love yourself?” and seeing for the first time that how I don’t see myself for how I am.
Liebster Award–¬†I answered questions and provided random facts about myself.

Weekend Run

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It was such a busy weekend but I couldn’t resist taking a little time to get outside. Saturday it was close to 55 degrees outside. Yes, you read that correct. It is February in Minnesota and it was warm enough to open the windows ūüôā

I am really proud of this run. My goal was to just start running and go for as long as I can. To my surprise, my pace wasn’t nearly as bad as I do on the dreadmill treadmill and I was actually able to run three miles!!

I know it is still early but I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can get outside and run more. This week is going to be cold but by the weekend it should be near 50’s again!!!

Did you do any running this weekend? How did it go?

Have a great start to your week ūüôā

Liebster Award

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I am so excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award ūüôā

I was nominated by Leah from Leah’s Book Blog. Leah’s blog is primarily about YA book reviews but she is also looking to improve her writing skills. She’s very open and loves hearing/talking about the books she reads. Please check out her blog!

Here are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.Give them 11 questions to answer.

These are the Questions Leah asked me:

1.) Who is my favorite Author?
This is a really difficult question to answer because I don’t just have one favorite author. But I would say it’s a close tie between Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews.

2.) What is the first book you remember reading?
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

3.) What fantasy world would you like to live in? 
Chicagoland Vampires

4.) What is your favorite book series? 
Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

5.) Where or when do you get most of your reading done? 
During the week when my kids are napping

6.) How many pages do you read in a day?
It really depends, but maybe 50-100

7.) What is a popular book that you didn’t love?
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

8.) How do you start your morning?
Coffee, check my email, more coffee, exercise, and maybe more coffee

9.) On average, how long are your blog posts? 
800-1000 words maybe

10.) What is your biggest fear? 
Snakes and something horrible happening to my kids

11.) Do you have a set number of posts you write per week? 
Not really but I think I should.. I try to write at least one or two.

11 Random Facts About me!
1.) Running makes me a better Mother and a better person
2.) I prefer reading ebooks but hate how I can’t stack the books I buy on a visual bookshelf
3.) When I was younger, I hated reading. It wasn’t until high school that I started to enjoy reading.
4.) I love the outdoors
5.) My favorite color is the crayon red orange
6.) Disorganization drives me crazy
7.) I love dogs and hate cats
8.) I am 100% horrible at proverbs but I insist on using them
9.) I used to be a special needs teacher
10.) I am obsessed with Bob Dylan
11.) I want to have a third child

My Questions ūüôā
1.) What made you start your blog?
2.) What is your favorite series and why?
3.) Who is your favorite Author?
4.) What is a goal you want to achieve in life?
5.) What is the biggest thing that authors do that drives you crazy when reading a book?
6.) Do you pick a book based on the cover?
7.) Which superpower would you want to have?
8.) What is your favorite movie and why?
9.) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
10.) What advice would you give someone starting a new blog?
11.) What makes you happy?

Who I’m Nominating:
Byford’s Books

Just Blooking

chloesbooksblog

rakioddbooks

thebookshelfblog

Have a great week!!

 

 

Celiac and the Ramifications that Follow

Gluten Kryptonite

So last week I ended up eating something I wasn’t supposed to and I am paying for it ten fold. Unfortunately I have Celiacs Disease and No, I am not on the gluten free trend. I am the unlucky one percent of the population who gets extremely sick when they ingest anything with gluten in it.

I’m not exactly sure how I ended up with Celiacs because no one in my family is diagnosed with having it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Did you know that 83% of Americans who have Celiacs are living with it undiagnosed. That’s kind of scary considering how damaging this disease is to your body and mind. Unfortunately, it usually takes years for someone to get diagnosed correctly. And during this time, the person continues eating the thing that is actually slowly killing them.

I’m not exactly sure how long it took for me to get diagnosed. I’ve had small symptoms for most of my adolescent life and honestly thought it was normal for your stomach to hurt all the time. I dreaded going to the doctors because they would push on my stomach. It didn’t matter if I was sick as a dog or the healthiest I’ve ever been, it ALWAYS hurt when they pushed.¬†But the disease didn’t really begin to show itself until the end of 2010. By then, not only was I in the emergency room every weekend, but I was so completely swollen, I didn’t even look like myself. ¬†The Picture below isn’t even the worst of it.

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It took an amazingly persistent doctor to help me get diagnosed. Before I moved to Minnesota, I lived in a college town. And I can remember the one emergency doctor who pushed me over the edge: (Side note- By the time I went in for this visit, my chart had probably shown I had been in there the last three weekends for the same symptoms.)  I went into the emergency room because I had been vomiting for 9+ hours and showing no signs of slowing down. I was dehydrated, shaking uncontrollably, and felt like I was honestly dying . The emergency doctor comes in and accuses me of being an alcoholic. What triggered this particular episode was pizza and little cheesecake bites. Even though I only had one glass of wine at the dinner party, he decides to give me a lecture of wasting his time and needing to get help.

That next week, I was in my doctors office in tears asking for help. My relationship with my boyfriend (now husband) was on the edge of falling apart and I was missing way too much work. My doctor ordered a bunch of tests and specialist finally came to the realization that I had Celiacs. After diagnosed, I went into my house and ended up throwing away 80% of everything in my fridge/pantry. You would be surprised of how many things have gluten in them (ice cream, vanilla, spices, meds..) But once I gave up eating gluten, my stomach stopped hurting, the swelling went down and I looked like a normal human, and I stopped getting sick ever other week.

It's just not worth the risk

When I eat anything with Gluten in it, even the smallest crumb, it can take up to 7 days before the symptoms hit. But usually it happens within the first four days. The severity of my symptoms can be as small as the discoloration bowel movement to as big as losing the contents of my stomach for 9+ hours straight. The first 24 hours after are horrible: my entire body hurts all over and I can hardly stand long enough to make eggs. Drinking water hurts, wearing a bra hurts, my stomach is completely trashed and the only things I can eat usually revolve around the BRAT Diet (Bananas, Rice, Apple sauce, and plain Toast). The week that follows after depends on how sever my reaction is. But usually working out is impossible because my body is trying to recover, I’m cranky and easily irritable, I’m extremely bloated, really tired, and my immune system has been compromised so I usually get a cold. ¬†Sounds like fun right‚Ķ

Just because something says it is gluten free, doesn’t mean it actually is. Cross contamination is easy to do. Like I mentioned, all it takes is one crumb. And what is worst than getting sick- knowing exactly what I just did to my body. Every time I get sick, I am that much closer to colon cancer and other cancers. Everything, including life, just really sucks! So please watch what you say in front of people- especially if you are following the gluten free trend. Because I honestly don’t know why you would willingly give up some of the best food! Yes there are some good substitutes out there but nothing is the same.

My goal is to get back to things next week. I’m starting to feel more like myself. Thanks for listening to my story/rant. Hope everyone has a good weekend!!

Week Four

weights

Monday: Ran 1 mile and lifted weights

I am so disappointed I only ran one mile. Usually I run first and then lift. But my husband said it was better to lift first before your cardio. On the plus side- I had the best lift session so far. On the down side- My body was so exhausted that I could only run 1 mile. Not good..


Tuesday: Swimming ūüôā

I am proud to say I kicked butt in the pool this morning. My workout consisted of: 100 meter warm up, 6 100 meter pulls with 20 second rest in-between, 5 100 meter kicks with 20 second rest in-between, 500 meter swim, 100 meter cool down. When I was leaving the gym, I seriously contemplated using the elevator instead of taking the stairs. My body is warn out but I can tell I’m getting stronger. And that my friends, is an amazing feeling!!

Wednesday – Sunday

Survive!! Husband has been traveling and getting to the gym has been impossible. Right now I am in survival mode and sleep is something I dream about…

The Fifth Wave (The FifthWave, #1)

The Fifth Wave

Author: Rick Yancey
Published: May 7, 2013
Pages: 457

Buy the book: Amazon    Barns & Noble
Other Reviews: Goodreads

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review:

My first impression of the book was the simplicity of the words make this an easy read. The plot isn’t overly complex or difficult to follow. But as I was reading, the author would throw in a sentence or a paragraph that had me stopping and rereading what was written. The author has a great ability to lead the reader down a certain path in order to draw out specific emotions.

The book itself is divided into multiple sections, with each section switching POV. The main heroine, Cassie, is strong willed, stubborn, immature, self absorbed, struggles dealing with her emotions, and well , everything a teenager is supposed to be. The author did a great job staying true to her character/voice. Not that I always liked everything about Cassie, but her feelings/emotions/reactions were consistent with a young adolescent who is despite to survive.

The scene where Cassie runs into a person while getting water was heartbreaking. I don’t normally quote books within my review but I felt like this passage held a significant amount of loss, pain, and loneliness. It was worth pointing out.

“But it wasn’t him screaming, it was me screaming, me and everybody else who was left…all of us helpless, hopeless, stupid humans screaming, because we got it wrong…it’s not how it ends. It ends with us killing each other…”

One of the things I thought slightly ridiculous was what Cassie packed for travel. Some of the items were just silly considering she needed to pack light. For example- a cell phone that does not and will never work again. Even her reasoning behind doing this I don’t exactly understand. Something about it being hers. I did however think her choice and reasoning behind her book choice was fun.¬†I will say one of the difficult things was reading about how Cassie lost her family. I think this is partly due to having a family and kids myself and also putting yourself in her shoes.

Cassie’s famous high school crush, Ben, gets introduced in the book. In the beginning, I was excited that Cassie might get her chance to be with him. The way she talked/journaled about him, it was as though he was everything she lost or missed out on because of the alien invasion. But as the book goes on and you get to know Ben more, I didn’t want Cassie to end up with Ben. Yes he is brave, strong, attractive, sometimes funny.. But I didn’t feel like he is what Cassie needs. By the time I hit last 25% of the book, I kept putting the book down and didn’t really want to pick it up. I think this was because I knew Cassie and Ben would eventually encounter each other and even though I think they would be horrible together, I wasn’t sure what the author would think/do And I was right, by the end of the book they finally encounter each other. I thought their exchange was more awkward and I guess I felt like they just didn’t fit right. What did everyone else think??

The author doesn’t spend much time telling the story through Sam’s perspective which is probably a good thing. I think it would be difficult for any author to create the correct voice/mannerisms/reactions for a five year old boy. Overall the author did a pretty good job of this but there were moments when Sammy would say something or something was noted in the text that a young kid just wouldn’t normally say/take note of. Especially one who was as sleep deprived and hungry as he was.

As the story continues, Ben and Sam’s path cross. During this time, I couldn’t help but grieve the boy both he and Ben should of had the opportunity to be and the man they are forced to become. As I was reading the book, I felt terrible for what they were going through. All I kept thinking, hoping, was if Cassie would get to them before they turn into this hard emotionless shadow of themselves.

And then there is Evan Walker. Evan Walker, wow, I’m not sure where to start. He is everything Ben is (strong, attractive, strong, brave..) but he is also loyal, calm, nurturing, and comfort. I know, comfort is a weird way to describe him. But everything he is and does, it all provides comfort and safety. The way he cares for Cassie is astonishing and in a way romantic. According to him, he says Cassie saved him. But I think they saved each other. Because what he brings out of Cassie is more than safety. I think he brings back part of her humanity. Losing part of herself, her humanity, has been something Cassie has been struggling with throughout most of the book.

And the twist the author puts in the story is surprisingly amazing. I’m not going to give anything away but I will admit, Some of the twists were completely genius! One of the dilemmas the book brings up is how the world is an either or- either I survive or they do, I die or I live, sometimes I die if I stay or I die if I go, either he is human or he is Other.. You get the idea. I think the bigger question the author brings up is does it matter anymore? Especially when you would do anything for the person who you love.

Overall. I loved this book. This plot is genius! The ending is well, amazing. I did take a star away because I didn’t love or always like Cassie’s character. And I felt like the author did a lot of telling us what emotions were happening or how things were instead of showing us through examples and conversation.

Upcoming Releases March 2016

Holy cow there’s a lot of new releases this coming Month!! When looking this up, I came across over 60 books coming out this month alone. Below are just a couple I’m most interested in. Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

Review Policy

Hello Authors and Lovers of Books! Welcome to my blog and I hope you have enjoyed exploring my posts and getting a feel for how I review books. If you haven’t already, please take some time to do this before submitting a book request.

The types of books I enjoy reading are: Paranormal Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, New Adult/Contemporary, and some Erotica/YA.

I love alpha males and strong female leads. I am a sucker for good dialogue banter, love/hate relationships, enemy to lover.. I enjoy more older adult NA than young teen YA fantasy but I have been known to enjoy both.

I truly recommend looking at the books I have reviewed to get a better idea of the kinds of books I enjoy. If your book genre isn’t listed but based on the books I have enjoyed you feel like your books would be a good fit for me, just send me an email. You never know what I’ll be in the mood for.

There are times I am not able to review a book but I will offer to do an Author Spotlight.

If you are interested in this, please let me know. I really do love doing these and think they can be helpful.


When I review a book, I look for consistency with the characters, realistic attributes, creativity, uniqueness, and the overall flow of the book.

I try my best to review as many books as I can but unfortunately I can’t read everything. After all, I’m married, I have two little boys, work as a full time teacher, yada, yada. If for some reason I am not able to review your book, please don’t take it personally. Like I mentioned, I try to read as many books as I can but sometimes there just isn’t enough time.

All my reviews are honest and I am more than happy to inform my readers how I came across the books I read. Just let me know prior to posting my review if you would like me to specifically mention the publisher or place I received the book from.

You can contact me about reviewing your book, interviews, or an Author Spotlight at: boundtobeme3@gmail.com

Best of luck to you and until next time, Happy Reading¬† ūüôā

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah Maas
Published: May 7, 2013
Pages: 404

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Review:

Most of this review I am going to focus on Celeana’s character. I apologize but her character bothered me the most. Before I get into what I didn’t like, I want to point out the overall plot was interesting and I enjoyed how Celeana could defend herself, and how strong and confident she was.

Celeana is Adarlin’s most notorious assassins. She is strong, determined, revengeful and over the top vain. Although she is a strong character, she also has characteristics that belong to a pampered princes. She has been granted freedom for the time being, given clothing, warmth, food, and training to strengthen her body. But she complains about the quality of her clothing and how she doesn’t get to go to all the fun parties. It’s actually a bit redundant how much the author highlights Celeana’s unhappiness in regards for material objects, sleep, and attention.

I was surprised by Celeana’s value for culture, literature, and knowledge. Although she often went with little to no sleep because she was up all night reading. Even when she had a tournament that could mean the end of her freedom, she would stay up late reading. I think the author was trying to make Celeana seem like a well rounded and literate character. But the way it was done made the tournament seem less of a priority and more of an annoyance that she needed to take care of.

There were some inconsistencies with Celeana and what she said, felt, and how she acted. I think this is more due to the adjectives the author picked. This inconsistency also shows in her interactions between Choal and Dorian. I don’t know if the author was trying to make things seem more of a mystery or what but I found it more annoying than anything.

Choal is caption of the royal guard and I really didn’t care for his character. For one thing, I didn’t feel like he had much of a personality. What little personality he did have was a contradiction at best. One minute he treats Celeane horribly and then the next he dose something sweet or gets jealous. I’m not sure if he just doesn’t know how he feels but it didn’t really make sense. For example, even though he takes the longest to trust Celeana, he gets jealous that his best friend, Dorian, likes her.

Dorian is supposedly Chaols best friend but they don’t really act like it. Maybe it was because I also felt like Dorian didn’t have much of a personality either, but they both seemed bland towards each other. BothDorian and Choal’s responses to situations seemed underdeveloped. At times when great emotion would have been acceptable, let alone expected, they showed little of anything.

I would say Dorian is an arrogant and bored Prince Charming without much of the charming aspect. He trusts Celeana almost instantly and sees a beautiful woman instead of a deadly assassin. I really couldn’t help but shake my head at him sometimes. He would flirt with Celeana but then openly stare, smile, and wink at other women. And yet this caused Celeana to fall for him.. But eventually something comes between Celeane and Dorian and just as you begin to accept his feelings for her as being genuine, Celeane decides otherwise. I felt like Celeane played with both Dorian and Choal’s emotions. This was particularly true with the ending of this book. I’m not going to give anything away but I will say her decisions and reasoning behind things didn’t make much if any sense.

By the end of the book I was left feeling a couple things: relieved that the book was over, angry at the emotional games played/still plays with Dorian and Choal, and overall not really sure how I felt about the book. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. I’m not sure I will read the second book in this series.

Alphabetical Book Review

A

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) by Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep (Innkeepers Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace (Innkeepers Chronicles, #2) by Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Innkeepers Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) by Ilona Andrews

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) by Ilona Andrews

Silent Blade (Kinsmen, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Collard for the Night (Rocky Mountain Shifters #1) by Susan Arden

Wait for You (Wait for you #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Be with Me (Wait for you #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Dirty For Me (Motor City Royals, #1) by Jackie Ashenden

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley

Unfinished Business (Angela Panther #1) by Carolyn Aspenson

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Reckoning (The Breach #1) by Katheryn Avila

B

Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks

Fever (Breathless #2) by Maya Banks

Sweet Temptation (Sweet #4) by Maya Banks

Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, #1) By Sawyer Bennett

Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, #2) By Sawyer Bennett

Feral (Once Bitten Twice Shy #1) by Anne Berkeley

Written in Red (Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows (Others #2) by Anne Bishop

Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass, #1) by Jenna Black

Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass, #2) by Jenna Black

Rising Shadows (World in Shadows #1) by Bridget Blackwood

Something Witchy This Way Comes (Something Witchy #1) by Veronica Blade

Raw and Dirty (Bad Boys MC #1) by Violet Blaze

Into the Fire (The Texan Quartet #4) by Claire Boston

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Bouchet

A Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #2) by Amanda Bouchet

Draw (Gentry Boys, #1) by Cora Brent

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs

C

My Favorite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake, #1) by Chelsea Cameron

Meat by Opal Carew

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson

First Year (The Black Mage, #1) by Rachel Carter

Dominic (Slater Brothers #1) by L.A. Casey

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1) by Terra Childs

My Clarity by M. Clarke

Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton

Nuts (Hudson Valley, #1) by Alice Clayton

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condle

How to Seduce a Billionaire by Portia Costa

Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1) by Juliette Cross

D

My Familiar Stranger (Knight of Black Swan #1) by Victoria Danann

The Witch’s Dream (Knight of Black Swan #2)¬†by¬†Victoria Danann

One With You (Crossfire, #5) by Sylvia Day

Ignite (Midnight Fire #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

To Katie with Love by Erica Lucke Dean

E

Phantasma by Efthalia

Manhandled (Hammered #2) by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)  by Aileen Erin

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep

Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1)¬†by¬†Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade, #3) by Jennifer Estep

Obsessions (Alpha City #1) by Bryce Evans

F

The Secret Dead (London Bones #1) by S.W. Fairbrother

A Murder of Crones (London Bones #2) by S.W. Fairbrother

The Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn

Omega (Omega, #1) by Lizzy Ford

The Trial Series (Trial Series #1-4) by Lizzy Ford

Outtakes From the Grave (Night Huntress, 7.5) by Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

G

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars (Rock Canyon, Idaho #2) by Codi Gary

Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3) by Kelly Gendron

Naked (Body & Soul #1) by Gina Gordon

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

H

Laid Out (Worth the Fight #4) by Sidney Halston

Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5) by Sidney Halston

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake #1) by Laurell Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake #2) by Laurell Hamilton

Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake #3) by Laurell Hamilton

The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake #4) by Laurell Hamilton

The Killing Dance (Anita Blake #6) by Laurell Hamilton

Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake #7) by Laurell Hamilton

Blue Moon (Anita Blake #8) by Laurell Hamilton

The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1) by Sarah Harian

Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1) by Helen Harper

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison

Deviant (Blood & Roses #1) by Callie Hart

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty #1) by Rosamund Hodge

Once Upon A One Night Stand (Lover #1) by D.N. Hola

Tigers Curse (Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck

Reawakened (Reawakened #1) by Colleen Houck

Afterlife (Afterlife Sage #1) by Stephanie Hudson

Fighting Destiny (Fea Chronicles #1) by Amelia Hutchins

I

Forged in Stone (The Forged Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

J

Stormwalker (Stormwalker, #1) by Allyson James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

The Safe Bet (The Game Changers, #3) by Shealy James

Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed by Jade Jamison

Hard to Forget (Alpha’s Heart #3)¬†by¬†Bella Jewel

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

K

The Baller: A down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Wanted (Most Wanted #1) by J. Kenner

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

Free Pass by Allie Kincheloe

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

The Sway (Classified, #1) by Ruby Knight

L

The Undoing (Call of Crows, #2) by Shelly Laurenston

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2) by Lauren Layne

Someone Like You (Oxford, #2) by Lauren Layne

Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Brave Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous, #3) by M. Leighton

Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon

Shut up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys, #2) by Jessica Lemmon

The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys, #1) by Jessica Lemmon

The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2) by Jessica Lemmon

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

Forever Black (Forever, #1) by Sandi Lynn

Breach (Breach #1) by K.I. Lynn

Entice (The Affair #1) by Stacey lynn

Embrace (The Affair #2) by Stacey lynn

His to Protect (Fireside, #2) by Stacey Lynn

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah Maas

Glass Ceiling (True Heroes #2) by A.M. Madden

Daemon Seer (The Daemon World #1)  by Mary Maddox

Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. Mathewson

Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1) by Shannon Mayer

Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy

Love Struck (Miss Match #2) by Kayti McGee

Miss Match (Miss Match #1) by Laurelin McGee

Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire

Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10) by Seanan McGuire

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1) by Richelle Mead

Desolate (Immortal Rose #1) by Amy Miles

It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy by Quanie Miller

Iced (Fever, #6) by Karen Moning

Terms of Use by Scott Morrison

Palpitations (Sanguivorous #1) by S.K. Munt

Highway to Never After (Sanguivorous #2) by S.K. Munt

Broken (Reflections #1) by Dean Murray

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The Veil (Devil’s Isle #1)¬†by¬†Chloe Neil

The Sight (Devil’s Isle, #2) by Chloe Neil

The Hunt (Devil’s Isle, #3) by Chloe Neil

Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, 12.5) by Chloe Neil

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12) by Chloe Neil

Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) by Chloe Neil

Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1) by Chloe Neil

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BirthMarked (BirthMarked #1) by Caragh O’Brien

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The Agency (The Agency Hunger Series #1) by Jessica Page

Playing Dirty (Monkey Business #1) by C.L. Parker

Getting Rough (Monkey Business #2) by C.L. Parker

Coming Clean (Monkey Business #3) by C.L. Parker

Bound by Lies (Bound #1) by Hanna Peach

Bound Forever (Bound #2) by Hanna Peach

Dirty Sexy Saint (Dirty Sexy, #1) by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Breathless (The Blue Fire Saga #1) by Scott Prussing

Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1) by Lindsay Pryor

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Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia #1) by Cora Reilly

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

The Exiled Seven (The Exiled Series, #1) by Blake Renworth

Steeling my Heart (Steeling my Heart #1) by Lizzy Roberts

With You (Tear Asunder #.5) by Nashoda Rose

Into the Darkness by A.M. Rycroft

Dangerous to Know (Unbroken Heroes #1) by Dawn Ryder

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Harass (Bad Bitch, #2) by Christina Saunders

Dirty (Dive Bar, #1) by Kyle Scott

Hunters (Demon #1) by Aoife Sheridan

Dazzled by Silver (Layers Trilogy #.5) by Lacey Silks

Archangels Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) by Nalini Singh

Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh

My Perfect Mistake (Over the Top, #1) by Kelly Siskind

A Fine Mess (Over the Top, #2) by Kelly Siskind

Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top, #3) by Kelly Siskind

Legs (One Wild Wish, #1) by Kelly Siskind

Catch You (Love me, I’m Famous #.5) by¬†M.H. Soars

Caged in Darkness (Caged #1) by J.D. Stroube

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The Bloodline War by Tracy Tappan

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

The Core (Equilibrium #1) by Kate Thomas

Return of the Ascendant (Ascendant #1) by Raine Thomas

The Burning Sky (Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2) by Sherry Thomas

The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

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Beautiful Collision (Desperation #1) by Toni Vallan

Clean Break by Abby Vegas

Stray (Shifters #1) by Rachel Vincent

Rouge (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent

Pride (Shifters #3) by Rachel Vincent

Prey (Shifters #4) by Rachel Vincent

Immoral: Tales of a Vampire Hunter by Zander Vyne

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Exposed (Captive #2) by Brighton Walsh

Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1) by Mary Weber

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) by Kiersten White

Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC, #1) by Joanna Wylde

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The Fifth Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave, #2) by Rick Yancey

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young

Down on London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young

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Dark Surf by T.C. Zmak