Prick by Sabrina Paige ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I am loving the books from Sabrina Paige's Step Brother Romance's! They are light and fun, and a bit taboo! Try one for yourself! 
Title: Prick
Author: Sabrina Paige
Series: A Step Brother Romance #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 2015

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I can't stop thinking about that prick.

Caulter Sterling is a prick.

A filthy-mouthed, womanizing, crude, spoiled, arrogant prick.

The tattooed, pierced, panty-melting-hot son of a celebrity.

I hate him.

He's slept his way through practically every girl at Brighton Academy.

Except for me.

I'm the good girl. The responsible girl. The 4.0, class president, studied-so-much-she-never-lost-the-big-V girl.

And in celebration of graduation and adulthood, I just made the worst decision in the history of ever.

I lost my V-card to the devil himself.

It was just one night. So what if it was mind-blowing? Hit it and quit it.

Except I just found out that my father - the Senator, the Presidential hopeful - is marrying Caulter's mother. Oh, and this summer? We're hitting the campaign trail.

One big happy family.

I'm totally f**ked.

There’s something about step sibling romances that I love! It’s the whole taboo thing, about the parents marrying and tying their families together, so you shouldn’t find those step siblings attractive… but it happens! In Prick, Katherine and Caulter’s parents have decided to get married; it was a bit of a summer fling they decided to make permanent. Katherine and Caulter have just finished high school and are about to go to college, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal, except for that last night at their boarding school.

I began this book not liking Caulter very much at all. He was arrogant and really full of himself, he is, in fact a prick! The way he constantly taunts Katherine was pretty funny and the way he pushed her buttons! But by the end I really loved him. He grew so much as a person and showed that a good woman can settle a manwhore down.

Katherine is a bit of a goodie-two-shoes! She comes across as a bitch to most people, but to me she seemed focused and wanted to succeed. She didn’t want to start college as a virgin and decided the biggest manwhore in school would fix it for her. I didn’t find out straight away what happened between them that night, but how they cross paths less than two weeks later… that was bitter sweet!

Caulter and Katherine bickered all the time, but I could see the sexual tension constantly rising. They had amazing chemistry and every time they were together it was smoking hot. I really enjoy these taboo reads, and especially with characters that are totally opposites, but are always at each other's throats. You never know what is going to happen next for them. I was constantly on edge, wondering when- because you know it's coming - things are going to end for them.

This is my favourite book of Sabrina's so far. The characters were intriguing, smart and so hot together. Despite the fact that their parents were getting married, they were willing to push the boundaries of their relationship. I’ll be picking up Tool very soon, because I just can’t help it, I love this stuff! 

“I hate you.” She has the most fuckable mouth I've ever seen.
"The feeling is completely mutual," I say, before I bring my mouth down on hers, crushing her lips against mine.”

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Sabrina Paige writes about smart, sexy women and the hot alpha males who love them. Outlaw bikers, cowboys, and military men make her swoon. She has found her own happily ever after with her active duty military husband and adorable toddler.

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Waiting On Wednesday # 156 – Dark Wild Night / Menagerie

I wanted Dark Wild Night months ago! Excited for Lola and Oliver's story! 
Rachel Vincent is an all time favourite author of mine... keen for this new series! 
Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons, #3)
Title: Dark Wild Night
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: September 15th 2015

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
But what didn't happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

... Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now ... and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life...

Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)
Title: Menagerie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: September 29th 2015

From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

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.
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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday

Today is release day for Queen of Shadows!!! I loved this book and enjoyed the direction this book took! It was excited, packed with action and I want more!!  
Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: September 1st 2015
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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

The Throne of Glass series has been a helluva ride so far and Queen of Shadows is another must-read instalment! Aelin (Celaena) is my all time favourite female fantasy heroine and she continues to amaze me as she grows into the strong leader she is destined to be. She’s continually plotting and planning ways to kill the King of Adarlan, and to stop the Valg Princes.

Aelin has returned to Adarlan, and right from that first chapter I could see that she was already planning her scheme. She faces down old enemies and recruits those she can rely on to lend a hand. Her first mission is to free her cousin Aedion from the king and I loved everything that she did to set it up. I could see that she was struggling a bit due to not having her magic and without Rowan at her side, but she always manages to find a way.

I liked seeing Manon’s perspective too; she is seeing a lot of evil at Morath and is conflicted in regards to her Grandmother, Duke Perrington and Vernon. Things are happening that are twisted and Asterin (her second) pushes her constantly. I like that she’s her own person and is beginning to question her beliefs.

I love the way Sarah J. Maas has built this world and the direction she has taken in Queen of Shadows. I was swept away in this fantasy world and the twists that were thrown in. There were a few huge, action packed show downs that had me eagerly flicking the pages to see if it all went to plan. Aelin forms a few unusual alliances, there was plenty of murder and mayhem, and a few tender moments for Aelin too. I liked the way Queen of Shadows ended, but the battle is far from finished… Bring on the next book!

Complimentary copy provided by Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Rowan remained rooted to the center of the room as Aelin climbed into bed and blew out the candles. He stared at her through the darkness.
She said softly, “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”
He didn’t have the words. Not when what she said hit him harder and deeper than any kiss.
So he climbed into bed and held her tightly all through the night.

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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My Skylar by Penelope Ward ~ Audio Review & Quote-tastic

This book was fantastic! It was emotional rollercoaster, I tell you! Mitch and Skylar's journey was emotional and hard fought! 
Title: My Skylar
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 12th 2014
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From the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling romance, Jake Undone, comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal and redemption……with a twist that will rip your heart out.

Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I’ve spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever.

First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I’d never see her again.

But now she’s back…and living with him.

I don’t deserve her after everything I’ve put her through, but I can’t live without her. This is my last chance, because she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it her eyes: she doesn’t love him. She still loves me...which is why I have to stop her before it’s too late.

My Skylar is a STANDALONE novel and a companion to Jake Undone.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

Where to start with this book! It was such a beautiful book to listen to. The story line was not always easy, as the characters dealt with issues that affect everyday lives. I was swept away in the story, and my heart would swell with love for these two, just to shatter again and again.

Skylar and Mitch met at a young age. They became friends over one summer before Mitch returned home. A few years later, he’s back and after a rocky start, their relationship starts to grow again. Being young they deal with a lot of issues like normal teenagers, but have to grow quickly when life throws in curve ball after curve ball! This part of the story really crushed me, just when things were looking good between them as well. The insecurities they both harboured didn’t help either, and soon they were torn apart. This here was the first part of the story; there is so much more to Skylar and Mitch’s lives, which I don’t want to spoil for you. They each continued to grow, dealt with the hurdles they came across and loved one another fiercely.

I really enjoyed the journey that these two went on. Skylar was such a strong girl, she knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, unless it was telling Mitch her true feelings. Mitch was such a nice guy, but made a lot of dumb decisions at times. I could see he loved Skylar and would do anything for her. They both grew into adults along the way and their love never died.

I really enjoyed how Casey Jones & Piper Goodeve narrated the story. The alternating point of views were done well by each author and I felt I was getting the inner workings of each characters minds. I could feel the emotion of both of these characters: the love, loss and heartbreak.

I thought that Penelope Ward did a remarkable job with Skylar and Mitch’s stories. There was so much emotion from both characters and at times I just wanted to hug them. Skylar and Mitch’s happily ever after was not easy to get to. I loved how the author showed us the details, getting my hopes up only to shatter them again and again. I thought that this was a remarkable story and Penelope showed me why she is a master at creating emotional and heartbreaking love stories.

I spoke over her lips. “Have I ever told you how much I love your lips, Skylar?”

She smiled through our kiss and moaned into my mouth. We both pulled back suddenly when someone knocked on the door.

She rubbed her mouth. “Come in!”

Oliver opened the door. “I’m sorry, Mitch. We’d better head out so you don’t miss your train.”

“Okay. Be right down.”

We just stood there staring at each other. My stomach filled with dread as I heard him start his car outside to warm it up.

I grabbed her hand and pulled her toward me. Our foreheads were touching as I said, “I may be walking out of here, but there’s not a piece of my heart that’s coming with me.”

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Penelope WardPenelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her fifth novel and loves friend requests from readers!

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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 152

This week I had limited internet... So I have a few reviews to schedule next week but I managed to get some reading done.

My youngest was sick on and off this week, he did one full day of school, which was Friday! 

Today I'm playing in my final for netball, if we win we are straight into the grand final in a fortnight. *fingers crossed*
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Tough Love by Lori Foster ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #155 Before We Were Strangers / Dreamland
In the Dark by Monica Murphy ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Find Me by Laurelin Paige ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
My Skylar by Penelope Ward ~ Audio Review & Quote-tastic
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #156
Prick by Sabrina Paige ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Uncharted by Claudia Burgoa ~ Review
Bad Romeo was free, The Good Girls just 99c and I grabbed Maybe This Time on Audio.
Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)The Good GirlsMaybe This Time (Maybe, #1)
Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) by Leisa Rayven
The Good Girls by Teresa Mummert
Maybe This Time (Maybe #1) by Chantal Fernando 

Falling for Danger (Capital Confessions, #3)
Falling for Danger (Capital Confessions #3) by Chanel Cleeton

Stanton Adore (Stanton, #1)Stanton Unconditional (Stanton, #2)Stanton Completely (Stanton, #3)
Stanton Adore (Stanton #1)
Stanton Unconditional (Stanton #2)
Stanton Completely (Stanton #3)
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Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

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Find Me by Laurelin Paige ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

Today I have an excerpt for you... oozing with sexual tension! I love the sound of Gwen and JC. While you are here, check out the giveaway! 
Title: Find Me
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: The Found Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 25th 2015
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Gwen Anders came to The Sky Launch to begin fresh, away from the horrors of her past. She fit in quickly, becoming good friends with her co-manager, Alayna Withers and the owner of the club, Hudson Pierce. Though the circumstances that brought her here were not the best, she's never felt more at home.

But starting a new life means letting go. And there are some things she doesn't want to leave behind - like JC, the man who taught her how to let loose. The man she wasn't supposed to fall in love with. The man she doesn't want to lose.

Now, with the reason she ran still a threat, Gwen fears she'll never be able to move on completely. And if she does, can she still hold out hope that JC loves her enough to come and find her?

I grabbed my cell and checked the time. It was six-twenty-nine. I threw it in my purse and turned back to the mirror to give myself a pep talk. “We will not have sex. We will not have sex. We will not have sex.”

Jesus, I was so horny already, and I hadn’t even seen him yet. I’d thought about taking care of myself before JC got there but wasn’t sure if that would make things better or worse. By the time I’d decided it would make it better, Ben was there, and now JC was ringing my buzzer.

“You look incredible,” he said when I opened the door.

I blushed as I gave him a onceover. He was dressed in khakis with a fitted shirt and a lightweight jacket. Lots of buttons, I thought. Which was a good thing, considering how damn good he looked. Had he always been that buff? “You do, too.” My thighs felt hot. Good thing I’d changed out of my pants.

I really should have pulled out my vibrator earlier.

“You brought flowers?” I’d been so taken by him I hadn’t noticed the small bouquet in his hands. Three red roses dressed with some smaller white bell-shaped flowers I couldn’t identify were wrapped in a red ribbon. I hadn’t expected it. “I didn’t know you were the kind of guy who brought girls roses.”

He shrugged with one shoulder. “I’m trying to impress you. I have a feeling this date is a test of some kind, and I want to make sure I pass.”

“Not a test,” I said dismissively. Though, wasn’t that what this was? A test to see if we got along as well outside the bedroom as we did inside? “But thank you. You do impress.”

I shifted my weight to one hip and flitted my glance between JC, still standing on the other side of the threshold, and the flowers in my hand. “I should put these in water.” But I wasn’t sure I was ready to invite him in. Because in meant we’d be closer to my bed. And my couch. And my kitchen counter. All of which were locations that could be tempting.

Really, I just shouldn’t be anywhere alone with him.

Either JC felt the same way I did or he could read my mind. “You can do that later. The plastic containers on the stems should last until we get back. And we should get going.”

“Perfect.” I set them on the console table behind me, relieved and nervous all at once. I took a deep breath, grabbed my purse, and turned back to him. “Let’s go!”

In the hallway, he offered me his hand. I took it, then, there it was—the shock of his touch as his fingers weaved with mine. I let out an involuntary sigh, and with it bricks of tension fell from my body. Release. It shuddered through me as electricity sparked up my limb from where we were connected and spread throughout my body, and I wondered if this was what it felt like to melt. What it felt like to be frozen for so long and then, finally, to have the sun brush against cold ice, transforming it into something more fluid, something entirely different.

I glanced down to where we were joined, so overcome by how right it felt to be touching him in this simple way. When I looked back at him, I found his eyes pinned on me. His expression said he’d felt it too.

“You messed up, you know,” he said, as we started toward the elevator. “You were supposed to wear something that I didn’t want to rip off of you.”

My cheeks heated—actually, I wasn’t sure they’d ever cooled from the first blush he’d caused. “You said it would be impossible for me to wear anything that wouldn’t elicit that response. The only other choice was to go naked.”

“That would have been an excellent choice.”

“But not very practical.”

“I’ve never been a fan of practical.” He pushed the call button and the elevator doors opened immediately, the car likely still there from when he’d arrived.

We stepped inside, our hands still molded together. The doors closed, and I so badly wanted to turn and kiss him.

Instead I delivered the short speech I’d practiced since I’d woken up that afternoon. “I think I should tell you, I don’t have sex on first dates.”

“Wow. That’s...surprising. Considering we had sex before we’d ever even been on a date.” He squeezed my hand. “But, after you left me with blue balls this morning, I already figured out you’d turned into a prude.”

I laughed. “I’m not a prude. I’m cautious. And that’s nothing new. That’s always been me.”

“Yes, it has.” The short phrase was full of subtext, and I knew he was remembering how uptight I’d been when we’d first met. Icy. Frigid bitch.

“I’m better than I was,” I assured him.

He nodded. “I know. Otherwise you wouldn’t have given me even this much of you. And if you want to wait, then I can too.”

What I wanted was to push him against the wall and devour him.

But that was an in-the-moment want, and long-term, I wanted a relationship that was real and lasting. “Thank you. It means a lot.”

He leaned in close and, though we were alone, whispered in my ear. “I’m not going to say that I’m not dying to have you under me, Gwen. Because I am. But I’m dying to just be with you more.”

Despite the descent of the elevator, his words sent me floating. “You’re really good at that impressing thing.”

He gave me my favorite grin. “Who knew?”

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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