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Our Most Anticipated Releases For July

We love talking about books that we can’t wait to read! And that includes the ones that haven’t been released yet. So on the first day of every month, we’ll share with you the books coming out that month that we’re the most excited about. There’s a link to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your tbr too! So here are the books we are counting down until they are released in July!

 

Releases: 7/04

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Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming.  She’s not only striving to earn scholarships―she’s training to qualify for the Olympics.  It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team, and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed.  And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

No one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year.  First up? Making out with a guy.  And Levi could be the perfect candidate.  After all, they already spend a lot of time together.  But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

 

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Releases: 7/18

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No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. 

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

 
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Releases: 7/18

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Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on earth in order to escape an arranged marriage. Kidnapped by the princess’ head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan―the princess’ terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets―and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

 
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Releases: 7/18

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Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

 
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Releases: 7/25

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Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

 
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So these are the books we can’t wait to be released this month! Are you excited about any of these releases too? Or is there a book we missed that we should definitely check out? Let us know. ♥

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SALE – After the Kiss by Lauren Layne

 
 
We’re not ones to usually sign up for Sale Blitzes, BUT Chelsea and I LOVED this book!  Oh my gosh *clutches heart*.  If you’ve ever wanted to try a Lauren Layne book, or if you’ve read some of her other books but haven’t started this series yet, here’s your chance!  So check out the info on the book below and you can also read our 5 Star Reviews here – Jen’s Review & Chelsea’s Review
 
 
 
AFTER THE KISS
Sex, Love & Stiletto #1
Lauren Layne
Loveswept

AFTER THE KISS Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

 


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About Lauren Layne:
Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.


 

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Monthly Wrap-Up – June

Life:

I’m officially back!  In case you don’t remember, or you’re new, I had surgery back in March.  Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  I had complications, horrific side affects from medicine at the hospital and then at home, I got extremely sick etc.  I went into surgery thinking that it was going to be a piece of cake, and it wasn’t.  Because of that, I needed a break.  I needed time with my family, time to find my happiness again and time to heal.  And the healing has been a lot slower than planned.  But it’s summer now, and that’s my favorite time of the year!  Not only have I found lots of time to read at night.  But the days are the best!  My two little boys and I spend every minute we can at the beaches in Tahoe, at the pools or at the parks.  I love being outdoor in the sunshine and water!  It’s my happy place.  I’m so thankful it’s summer, and a hot one at that too woohoo!

I decided to start a Monthly Wrap-Up instead of our Weekly Wrap-Ups.   We’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month.  That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, and books that we added to our ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What We Read:

4.5 Stars:
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne – Jen’s Review

4 Stars:
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack – Brittney’s Review

2.5 Stars:
All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham – Jen’s Review
Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel L. Dementer – Brittney’s Review

     

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Favorite Book of the Month:

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne – (Jen’s Choice)
I’m a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope!  And this one was so much fun!  It was sexy, angsty and had a fabulous epilogue.  Also, it can easily be read as a stand alone, you don’t have to read the previous books.  Although I do recommend them.

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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases for June
Series We’ve Been Meaning To Read But Haven’t Yet

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Added To My TBR:

Here are some of the books I added to my TBR in June.  No wonder my TBR is ridiculously long.  I always add more books than I have read that month lol!  And just a heads up – I don’t include books that don’t have a cover yet.

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Did you read any of the same books we did?  Or did we share the same favorite book?  If not, what was your favorite?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful June and cheers to July being just as fabulous!

I linked this Monthly Post to June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction. 🙂

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TOP TEN TUESDAY – Series We’ve Been Meaning To Read But Haven’t Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week is – Series We’ve Been Meaning To Read But Haven’t Yet.  In actuality, we have SO many!  There just isn’t enough reading time in our days!  But these series are the ones we are hoping to get to ASAP, and are patiently waiting in our kindle or on our bookshelf.


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

1. #Nerd (Hashtag #1) by Cambria Hebert
I borrowed this book back in January, for my one book a month from Amazon Prime.  Oh my gosh, I have no excuse lol!  I am definitely starting this series once I finish the current series I’m reading right now!

2. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
I listened to one of my book besties talk about this duology again and again!  So of course I went out and bought both books.  Welllllll, that was a year ago. 


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

3. The Institute (The Institute #1) by Kayla Howarth
One of my favorite authors raved about this series.  So I went and bought the first few books (do you detect a theme here lol!).  This series sounds like a page turner AND the first book is free right now – in case you want to pick it up too. 🙂

4. Saven Deception (Saven #1) by Siobhan Davis
This series is now complete, it amazing reviews and I always see this author reviewing and loving the same books I do.  I was waiting for the final book to release, this last February, and I can’t wait to dive into the world she has created!


(Jen’s Choice)

(Jen’s Choice)

5. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Another completed series sitting on my kindle.  I desperately need to read a book by either of these authors, especially since so many of my friends love them.  Fingers crossed I love them too!

6. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
I bought the first book back in 2014.  And the series is now complete (YAY!).  I love when that happens!

 


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

7. A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess

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


(Chelsea’s Choice)

(Chelsea’s Choice)

9. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

10. The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

So these are the Series We’ve Been Meaning To Read But Haven’t Yet. Have you read any of these books or do you have them on your tbr too?  Or what series have you been meaning to read but just haven’t started yet?

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BOOK REVIEW – I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne

BOOK REVIEW – I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren LayneI Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Review:

I Knew You Were Trouble was flirty, sexy, angsty and absolutely fabulous!  This was a classic LL book, and I devoured it in one night.  And when I finished the epilogue, I was left feeling beyond ecstatic and happy.  I had the hugest smile on my face.  So if you are a fan of enemies to lovers, or if you have fallen for any of her past releases, then you definitely want to pick this one up!

“If you weren’t dating him, would you have dinner with me?”
“I don’t like you,” she whispered.
He eased closer until his mouth was inches from her ear. “Liar.”
It was a whisper, and it sent shivers down her spine and then back up again. The good kind of shivers, the kind that made her want to lean into him and beg him to put his mouth all over her.

I was suprised that the beginning started out a little bit different.  It was a brilliant idea that quickly connected me to all of the characters, and it made me feel like I’d known them forever.  So the first 6 “chapters” was a countdown from over a year ago in Taylor Carr’s life to present day.  We got to watch Taylor transition into the Oxford world, make friends, and interact with her coworkers.  We also got to see how her hate relationship with Nick Ballentine started, and we watched how Bradley Calloway became her boyfriend.  When the official first chapter started, I felt as though I completely understood and loved her inside out.

She hated being the newcomer— hated feeling vulnerable in any way for fear that someone would see right through her shield of confidence and call her out as a fraud. To expose her as what she really was on the inside: lonely. Maybe a little unlovable, if she wanted to get melodramatic about it.

Which I’m so thankful for, because I was a little nervous at first.  You see, I thought Taylor was going to be too harsh for me.  She could be so brutal at times, and I didn’t think I could relate or connect.  Oh how wrong I was!  While she portrayed herself as this tough, strong female, which she was, she was also so much more.  She was a kind, wonderful friend…..I adored the friendships she had with Brit and Daisy!  And I loved that she faltered, that she broke down and that she could be unsure of herself at times.  But what I loved most about Taylor, was how she threw fire and ice at Nick!

Damn, but she really was beautiful.
“And I don’t get to be happy?” she said. “Bitchy Taylor deserves to be miserable, is that it?”
“Nah,” he said quietly, studying her. “I’m just not sure you’d recognize actual happiness if it bit you in your perfectly shaped ass.”
She slapped his hand away from her face. “Get. Out.”
He did.
Not because she’d told him to. But because for one idiotic moment, Nick had wanted nothing more than to kiss all that pouty anger right off Taylor Carr’s saucy mouth.

You see, Nick knew how to push Taylor’s buttons.  And yes he could be a complete jerk at times.  But oh my gosh, the man was charming and oh so sexy.  Even when you didn’t want him to be.  And underneath it all, you got glimpses of his beautiful, kind heart.  So I was beyond ecstatic that Nick was going to move in with Taylor, since her boyfriend dumped her on move in day and she needed a roommate.  Because them moving in together meant that there would be even more fireworks.  And I also assumed that the sexual tension would get turned up a notch or ten.  And that’s exactly what happened.

He’d been kind to her last night— hell, he’d been kind to her a lot more often than she deserved. But he’d never shown any interest in her as a woman, and . . . well, it bothered her.

While they were a roller coaster of emotions that I definitely enjoyed riding, I also had fun watching them learn more about each other.  Especially since their enemy status almost started to look friendly at times.  And lucky for us, we got to know what both of them were thinking, since we spent chapters with both of them.  So yes, I definitely recommend this book!  And I’m going to hold out hope and think positive that Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross are going to get their own book some day!  Fingers crossed!!

PS I loved that Lincoln and Cassidy gave Nick advice from time to time.  I adore those Oxford men!

*ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing – Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers) & iBooks (click on titles)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***
irresistibly yours lauren layne
Irresistibly Yours #1
Reviews:
Jen

Chelsea
i wish you were mine lauren layne
I Wish You Were Mine #2
Reviews:

Jen

Someone Like You #3
Reviews:
Jen
Chelsea
i-knew-you-were-trouble-lauren-layne
I Knew You Were Trouble #4
Reviews:
Jen
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