Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@TheGingerScott)

Wild Reckless takes us back to high school, where our main character Kensi has to start her senior year at a new school. There are many hurdles for her to get over, but who thought she'd find love! 
Title: Wild Reckless
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #1
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: March 17th 2015

Buy Now - Amazon | B&N Kobo

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

I decided to get the audio for Wild Reckless after I won it a while ago. It was a long book to listen to, but was totally worth the time and I'm glad that I did it. I enjoyed the narration by Laura Darrell; she was easy to listen to and delivered the story perfectly. It was a difficult journey for a lot of the characters in the story, especially for Kensington and Owen. It was a journey of self discovery for both of them as they find new paths in their lives.

Kensington and her parents moved to Woodstock, and she wasn't happy with the change. She made some new friends at school, but Owen, the boy next door, would do anything he could to make life uncomfortable for her. When her world is rocked again, she escapes by jumping into Owen's car and after a difficult start, they become close. They both begin to open up to one another and together they begin to heal.

There is so much more that happens throughout the story, as both Kensington and Owen face more challenges towards finding peace and happiness. They gel well together and encourage each other to succeed. Kensington is an amazing pianist who lost her passion, and Owen tried to entice her to try it again. Owen was close to his family and will do anything he can for them. He's this amazingly passionate person who hides behind his gruffness and closed off personality. I loved how Kensington was able to get under his skin so we could see how great he was.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Ginger Scott read. She captivated me from the Prologue, when my heart shattered for Owen as a boy. I then got to know Kensington, seeing her get through all the challenges thrown at her by her family and friends. I saw Owen through her eyes and to see the shift in him when he opened up to Kensington. The journey was difficult, but I could see these two belonged together. I'm looking forward to the next book and getting Andrew's story – Owen's younger brother. 

This was a big moment for Owen as he tried to tell Kensi his feelings and what his fears were.

“I wanted you to meet him because he’s important to me…and so are you…because I love you. I hurt you…because I love you…because I’m fucked up, my family’s fucked up, and my problems ruin everyone they touch. I don’t know how to stop them, how to separate the good things from all the shit in my life. I ruin everyone I touch. People leave me…they leave me—” Owen’s breath catches, stuttering, his eyes turning redder as he talks. “People in my life…they die, and if they aren’t dead yet, they look for ways to kill themselves. And all I can do is watch.”
“Owen,” I whisper, my hands wrapping around his wrists. His head falls forward to mine.
“I love you, Kensi,” he says, his lips grazing mine softly, before he pulls his mouth away again, leaving his head against mine. “I love you…but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me…it will kill you.”

Kindle Page 255

Hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

read more "Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@TheGingerScott)"

Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ~ Excerpt & Giveaway (@ViKeeland, @PenelopeAuthor, @RSofRomance)

Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland have released their latest joint project, Playboy Pilot! You need to check out the excerpt... boy is it hot! I know I need to get my hands on Carter!
Playboy Pilot
Title: Playboy Pilot
Author: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 19th 2016
Buy Now - Amazon | B&N iTunes | Kobo | Google Play

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

Money or love? Which would you choose?

You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it's an easy decision.

For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot.

I needed to go far away to think it through.

As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.

Then, he left.

I thought I'd never see him again.

But fate had other plans.

Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.

Carter was dangerous and always on the move.

Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.

He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.

A bevy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter's reputation were never far behind.

I didn't know what to believe.

But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.

At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

 “Carter? What are you doing?”
I laughed under my breath and banged the back of my head against the wood. “Praying?”
Do you always breathe like that when you’re praying?”
It’s an intense prayer.”
What are you really doing?”
I think you might know what I’m really doing, Kendall.”
Can I come in?”
Still fully erect, I tucked my cock back into my pants as best I could before opening the door.
Her eyes trailed down to my massive erection. “I’m sorry….to make you resort to that.”
It’s okay. My hand and I haven’t spent time like this since I was a teenager. I think he missed me.”
What were you thinking about?”
Yeah…but what specifically?”
It was this fantasy of fucking you on the dance floor back at the club.”
She looked down at me again. Her expression was serious when she asked, “You need some help?”
I thought you said we weren’t going to go there.”
I can’t have sex with you. But I want to touch you. I could take my clothes off, let you finish what you started. You know…help you.”
Looking up at the ceiling, I shook my head. “You have no fucking clue, do you?”
What do you mean?”
How crazy you make me. There’s no halfway with you. Jerking off with your naked body right in front of me…not being able to do what I really want to you…would be torture. I don’t have that kind of willpower, not with you, not anymore. Even when I kiss you, all I can think about is burying myself inside of you. But you naked in front of me? Too much, Kendall. When you strip down for me, I want it to be when you’re ready to let me have you. Otherwise, it’s better if I don’t know what I’m missing out on.”
Looking filled with remorse, she waved her hands. “Okay. I get it. I’m sorry…for interrupting.”
Go back to bed. I’ll be right there.”
After Kendall left, I closed my eyes in regret. Was I crazy for turning her away like that?
Now that she knew what I was up to in here, I couldn’t relax. Still needing release like a motherfucker, I turned on the shower and got in. Ironically, I jerked myself to thoughts of her naked body against the bathroom door and imagined she was watching me.
Fuck my life.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.             

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Other reviews featuring Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Cocky Bastard
Stuck Up Suit
Other reviews featuring Penelope Ward
Step Brother Dearest
Jake Undone 
My Skylar
Other reviews featuring Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series
Throb #1 
read more "Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ~ Excerpt & Giveaway (@ViKeeland, @PenelopeAuthor, @RSofRomance)"

Levi's Blue by M. Leighton ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@mleightonbooks)

OMG! This book... was so beautiful! I loved the unique spin that M. Leighton wove into this story and I know I will re-read this book in the future! You need to get Levi's Blue today... or win one below!
Levi's Blue
Title: Levi's Blue
Author: M. Leighton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 19th 2016

Buy Now - Amazon | B&N iTunes | Kobo

Four beautiful days. Three steamy nights. One breathtaking love.

Levi Michaelson.

He wanted four dates. Four opportunities to prove I could trust him. Four chances to change my mind about him.

I agreed.

Probably not my smartest decision. He was everything I knew to avoid—gorgeous, charming, sexy as hell—but I couldn’t help myself. When he touched me the whole world disappeared. I should’ve known I could lose myself to him, that he could be the one man to destroy me.

I guess it’s true what they say—some things are too good to be true. And Levi Michaelson might just be one of them.

M. Leighton has always been a favourite author of mine, and her newest release is another example of why I love her work so much! In Levi's Blue, she introduced me to two brand new characters, Levi and Evie, that were broken in more ways than one, but when they were together, they found a happiness they never expected to experience. It was such a breathtaking and excruciating read, but had so many elements of love and passion that showed me that Levi and Evie were perfect for one another!

Evie was a special artist and I loved her unique way of getting what she felt and experienced onto canvasses. It was at her very first showing that she stumbled into Levi and there was an instant connection between them. Evie was a sweet, kind and beautiful girl that had been through a tragedy that affected her everyday life. She was the type of person that was willing to do anything to help others, even though she found it difficult to do so, and one way was by running an art class for disadvantaged children.

Levi had his own secrets that he found hard to talk about. I could see that spending time with Evie was good for him. He was beginning to open up and started living a happy life once again. He did so many sweet things to try and woo Evie and my heart just melted for him! There was one particular intimate scene that made me swoon, and my heart ached for the both of them!

As I suspected, there was something that shattered their time together and it didn't look like these two would find happiness again, or even find their way back to one another. But in true M. Leighton style, she slowly let me fall in love with these characters once more. They both worked through these tough times, trying to live again, and they worked on earning forgiveness as well as forgiving themselves. By the time I closed the book I was giddy and happy for Levi and Evie and I was wrapped that M. Leighton had found her groove once again!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

There are so many beautiful moments I could share with you, but I settled with these two...

“I’m thinking you could be the end of me. The bright, beautiful firework that ends me. That sets me on fire. The flame that burns a brilliant blue and gold and white at the center of me.”
“I don’t want to be the end of you. I want to be the beginning,” he whispers, his voice a quiet, luscious roll across my eardrums.

Kindle Arc Loc 1666

“If I could paint, this is what I would paint.”
My stomach flips over at the sound of his scratchy, softly spoken words.
“You. I’d paint you. Just like this. Sitting in the dark, wearing a t-shirt and socks, hands covered in paint, hair wild and messy.”
“Because you look like art. Beautiful, brilliant, chaotic art.”

Kindle Arc Loc 1720
Originally inspired by YA Bound
MLeightonAuthorPhotoNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction.

Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

Sign up for her newsletter here, and be the first to know about exclusive giveaways, new books, and awesome fan-only perks! And join Michelle in her superfan Facebook group, Laid Back with Leighton, right here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Other Reviews from M. Leighton
The Empty Jar
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Tough Enough #2
Brave Enough #3
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series

read more "Levi's Blue by M. Leighton ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@mleightonbooks)"

Waiting On Wednesday #211 – Beautiful / Nemesis (@ChristinaLauren, @ByAnnaBanks)

I have loved the Beautiful Bastard series, and am sad to see the end of this series...
I found Nemesis while browsing the net, and it sounds fantastic!
Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Title: Beautiful
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: October 4th 2016

The tenth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard.

A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.

Nemesis (Nemesis #1)
Title: Nemesis
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Expected Publication: October 4th 2016

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
read more "Waiting On Wednesday #211 – Beautiful / Nemesis (@ChristinaLauren, @ByAnnaBanks)"

Inarticulate by Eden Summers ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@EdenSummers1)

If you haven't read a book by Eden Summers yet, you must grab this brand new standalone that she has just released! It is a brilliant and moving read that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Title: Inarticulate
Author: Eden Summers
Genre: Adult Romance
Published: September 12th 2016

Buy Now - Amazon | B&N Kobo

He’s silent—but his touch speaks louder than words.

At first sight, Savannah is drawn to the harsh appeal of a man who refuses to talk to her. Keenan’s hard stare is arrogant and unapologetic. The quirk of his sensuous lips is cocky and in control.

But there’s more. There’s something deeper he’s trying to hide behind those steely grey eyes—a slight hint of vulnerability which captures her intrigue.

She’d been warned, told that his silence hides a myriad of lies capable of affecting her career and relationships with loved ones. Only she can't help herself. Testing Keenan's defenses is an addiction she can't deny.

Falling in lust is easy. Learning his secrets comes with a price. The cost? Her broken heart.

I've read a lot of books by Eden Summers, but this one has shot to the top of my favourite list! I found myself emotionally connected to Inarticulate quite quickly. I loved that Keenan, the hero in the story, wasn't your typical guy, he had a flaw that you couldn't see at first glance. But what I loved the most was that the heroine, Savannah, was able to see past that to the man that he was beneath the surface. It was a journey of self discovery for Savannah as she fought to find her place in the world in a new city, even if it was temporary.

Savannah was sent to Seattle because of the upcoming sale of the Rydel hotel to Grandosity. She was there to settle the unease running through the staff and to smooth over the sale. She had a connection to one of the staff members at Grandosity, but it seemed to cause more problems for her instead of making things easier. What she never intended to do was fall for a guy, who was dark and mysterious, and seemed to awaken feelings in her she never thought she had.

I loved watching the relationship between Savannah and Keenan grow. There were a lot of hurdles for them to overcome, each one bigger than the next, but there was no denying that they had explosive chemistry. Keenan did everything he could to make Savannah feel special. Savannah struggled because of her connection to another person, but knew in her bones that Keenan was it for her. But secrets have the power to destroy everything if they fester for too long.

The book was told from the third person perspective, following Savannah's point of view for about 90% of the book. There were emails woven into the story that were from Keenan, so I was able to get glimpses into his perspective as well. Inarticulate isn't your typical romance; it was a brilliant and touching read, where the relationship developed quickly despite the differences between the characters. I enjoyed it so much that I know the characters are going to be on my mind for a long time to come!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

No this is a kiss!!
And awesome advice in the second Quote...

He didn’t stop looking at her, didn’t quit compelling her into mind-numbing confusion until his mouth pressed against hers, stealing her thoughts of fleeing. He tugged her into his body and kissed her as if nobody was watching. As if nobody else existed. With deft flicks of his tongue and soulful movements of his lips, he made her toes curl and the most delicious sensation ignite in her belly.

Kindle Arc Loc 905

“Then give her everything this time. More than you give my mom, or Dominic, and even me. Be yourself, Keenan. And let her love you back.”

Kindle Arc Loc 3670

Hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup

Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.


Other reviews featuring Eden Summers
Reckless Beat series
Vault of Sin series
Secret Confessions: Backstage
Josh #2
Standalone read
read more "Inarticulate by Eden Summers ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@EdenSummers1)"