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

Top Ten Tuesday.13

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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GIVEAWAY-Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

I am so honored to be hosting a giveaway for one of the most highly anticipated reads of 2017! Check out below to see exclusive content, videos introducing the characters and the world, and an awesome giveaway! I hope you guys enjoy the post-make sure to follow the link to enter our two week giveaway ending on 5/10. Good luck! 🙂 <3

GIVEAWAY-Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
by Laini Taylor
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Synopsis:

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries--including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Dreams are crazy things; Most tend to be obscure, unearthly images that leave you baffled upon waking. Or, you know, you simply forget the moment you wake. The star(s) of my dreams tend to be random instances from years ago, drawing upon old relationships that have long since been terminated and I have no desire to rekindle-old friendships where it ended badly, yet you have no clue what you did wrong. I dream about old best friends so much it’s unsettling. I tend to let dead horses lie, so why do these old friends pop in my head so  much? Is that a saying? I probably phrased it wrong. My point is-dreams are odd and they come from your subconscious out of absolutely nowhere…and leave you a bit disturbed after, no matter how realistic they may seem. And then there are those dreams where you are in a totally normal-ish situation, yet in a totally unexpected, ODD, creepy place. Those are my most common dreams-these dreams? I’m more than happy to leave behind.  

But I think dreams more often refer to what you want out of your life, what you wish and pine for-what you work so hard for. And I’ll admit, I’ve had plenty of dreams-Too many to count. But, until recently, they haven’t come to fruition. 

Just last month my biggest dream (after being married to my high school sweetheart) came true-I had a little baby girl and she is literally the light of my life. My husband and I are over the moon. And it’s crazy…because this was my dream-not his. He always agreed to my dream, but he dragged his feet-but come last July, he finally agreed and we were so happy to begin trying…except, you know…we got pregnant literally the first try. 

I was shocked, elated. There are no words for the amount of happiness I felt. But I was equally terrified to tell my husband-after all, it was literally the first attempt and I couldn’t be sure how he’d take the news. Turns out? He was beyond words ecstatic-we stayed up all night talking about it. He guessed it was a girl, I guessed a boy. Wouldn’t you know it, he was right. 

So here we are, 10 months later-and it’s not nearly as terrifying as I had imagined it would be (9 months is a looooong time to fret about being a bad mother). She sleeps through the night, eats great, and is one of the strongest babies ever-she lifted her head right after being born! And she has a beautiful, full head of brown hair. Did I mention that literally all I do is brag about her? Yeah. Well, I imagine that won’t end any time soon! 

My dream came true….but there are so many more now. I think that’s how dreams work. My dreams kept being fulfilled (husband, house…now baby), yet I always want more. Now I dream of our next baby (a sister or brother) and  everything I plan to do for our current baby girl. Nothing will ever be good enough for our girl-and God help the boy(s) that tries to win her heart-Dad will have NO part of that. 

My dreams may not be in line with everyone else’s, nor would I say they are conventional for this day and age where career comes before self…but that’s me and it has always been me-I refuse to change. I have everything I’ve ever dreamed for-and more.

What are your dreams? What do you dream about? Are they odd, crazy, weird….do they make you wonder where in the world they came from? Or, have any of your real life dreams come true? Sound off below in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

 

ONCE UPON A DREAM: Keep the nightmares at bay with this dreamy prize pack! (Re-tweet and follow to enter giveaway! here )

One (1) winner receives:

  • copy of Strange the Dreamer
  • sleep-mask and aromatherapy pillow sleep mist
  • and a luna moth enamel pin to watch over your dreams!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

 

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Check out a sneak peek here:

Read the Prologue on EW

Read Chapter 1 on Mashable

Read an Excerpt on TheNovl

Bonus Content!

Which Godspawn are you? Take the quiz!

Download a variety of quote-art here.

 

About the Author

Laini Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author and a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, andDreams of Gods & Monsters, and the companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She is also the author of the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine.

 

 

So….is Strange the Dreamer on your MUST READ list for 2017?? Or perhaps you’ve already read it (and hopefully loved it). Share below! I know I cannot WAIT to try this one out-I’d love to hear your thoughts on Strange!

 

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A Temporary Hiatus – Jen

These last few weeks have been completely brutal.  And because of what happened, I’m going to be stepping away from the blog for a while.  I’ll definitely be back, but for the next I’m-not-sure-how-long I need to spend it with family.  While these thoughts may seem out of left field, my surgery was the catalyst.  I had complications from surgery, and I had allergic reactions to almost every drug I was given.  I’ve never experienced that before, and I WAS TERRIFIED.  Drugs I never had problems with in the past caused hives, inability to be woken up for periods of time, breathing problems etc.  And new drugs caused me to be violently ill, my eyes to almost swell shut, double vision etc.  While I was stuck in the hospital and now in bed and on the couch at home, I spent a lot of time thinking about how for the foreseeable future, I just want to spend every minute with my family.

Now I’m counting the days until I can be an active participant in my family’s life.  Because I’m currently 17 days post-op and I’m SO far from where I want to be.  I’m stuck on the couch, for a good portion of the day, and it’s breaking my heart that I can’t play or drive my little boys to all of their activities.  My mom, thank goodness for her, has been here taking care of them for me.  But I’m looking forward to the next week or so when I can start living and enjoying life with them again!

So thank you so much to everyone out there who has become my friend, has trusted me with reading their ARCs, and for all of the beautiful blogging memories.  I’ll definitely​ be back, but till then you can always come find me and chat with me on Goodreads.  Goodreads takes not even a few minutes of my time, so that’s the medium I’ll keep using in the meantime.  But thank you so much again for all of your friendships, and I will miss you all dearly during my hiatus.

💜Jen

PS I do have two more post that are scheduled for April, they are both ARCs.  One is my favorite Lauren Layne book so far about polar opposites who have the most amazing banter and chemistry.  And the other is a soulful, emotional book by Brigid Kemmerer. 🙂

A Special Welcome To Our Newest Star-Crossed Lady!

Hi Guys!

I hope all is well. As you all know, my posts have been far and few between-It’s been torture for me to know I am reading all these amazing books but am just TOO TIRED to write the reviews they all deserve. But, as you all ALSO know, here soon it will all be worth it-Our baby girl is due March 28th and I couldn’t be more excited-so just stick with me guys, I WILL be back!

But this post isn’t about me…it’s about an amazing reviewer I met on Goodreads last year! Her name is Brittney and she is one of the sweetest, most sincere girls I’ve ever met. We text almost every day and she never ceases to make me laugh-even on my worst days. Her reviews are fun, thoughtful, and you can really tell just how much she loves reading all the books we know and love-and then some! Her passion shines through, both in person and on her reviews, and I couldn’t be happier that she wanted to contribute to making this blog the best it can be.

As you can see on her bio, she loves losing herself in the fantasy world-princes and castles and snarky men….I mean, it’s like she’s my long lost sister! But, even better than that, she LOVES a good bad boy. Seriously. More than once I will make her read a favorite series of mine that she has yet to devour, and I’ll think she will choose my guy…but almost always she picks that damned bad boy that I forget even exists….she’s quirky like that. 😛

So, without further adieu, I introduce the beautiful, Brittney!! I think you are all going to ADORE her.

Until another time, my lovelies <3

Chelsea

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