The Week's Entrée #32

Hi! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée

Whew! Last week was an extremely busy week for me here on the blog. I had four book tours stopping by with three being review stops, and I still can't quite recover from them. I was a walking zombie guys, you should have seen me in person (not a very nice view, trust me). But I'm glad I did them anyway, the stress was worth it because they were fantastic reads and I loved having the chance to participate in these events. Just remind me not to take so many on the same week, okay?





In Other News...

Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)
I have two other reviews to share with you! 


First up is my review of Breakable by Tammara Webber over at Kate Tilton's blog. Loved this book to pieces and it's a fantastic companion to Easy, the first book in the Contours of the Heart series. If you haven't read these books then you are definitely missing out because LUCAS. He's hawt.



And my review of 6:59 by Nonye and Kelechi Acholonu is now up at Cuzinlogic! That was another great read. It's about two boys who live in the same body, one that lives by day and the other one at night (with super human powers). It's pretty interesting and a fun read. It also has a love square that messed up with my heart. And the ending, ugh, so not okay with it. 






Books I Got Last Week:
    {For review}



    {Freebie}


    Get it free on Amazon or Kobo!

    *****

    To Read This Week:


    I'm excited to finally have the chance to check out The Wilds by Jules Hedger and Unbreakable by Kami Garcia. Hopefully they will turn out to be excellent reads!

    *****
    And that's it for this week's entrée. What are you reading this week? :)

    Book Review: Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed

    Title: Robin in the Hood
    Author: Diane J. Reed
    Series: Robbin' Hearts Series #1
    Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
    Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC
    Published: October 1st, 2012
    Page count: 300 pages
    Format: eBook
    Source: From YA Bound Book tours in exchange of an honest review

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    Book Summary:
    “Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” 
    But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…

    Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
    They’re broke.
    Her stepmom has skipped the country.
    And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.

    Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.

    Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…

         *The Reader's Review*

         My rating: 4/5 stars
    I'm doing everything backwards! I should have reviewed this book first before the tour of the second book in the series, but I did not for lack of time. I'm so sorry about that. Anyway, Robin in the Hood is a fun read and a loveable book many will enjoy. I've read many reviews about it and I'm glad to see that it's not only me who loves this book and its sequel. Diane J. Reed is quite the storyteller! 

    You can probably guess just by the title that Robin in the Hood follows a bit the lines of the classical, Robin Hood. This book is about how Robin turns into a thief out of necessity to help out her dad flee a life of debt, and upon stumbling to a run-down trailer park called Turtle Shores, she joins Creek, a heart-of-gold thief, on a quest to help out the awesome community in which they live.

    To be honest, at first I thought I wasn't going to like this book. The main character sounded extremely shallow and a bit silly for my taste. But after going through the first couple of chapters and when she lands on Turtle Shores, Robin started to slow down her "rich" attitude and I finally got to see a different personality which was much more to my liking.  

    The people of Turtle Shores are so adorable! I just want to hug them and squish them with all my strength. They're weirdly fascinating and with all the magical vibes going around them, they drew me in like a moth to light. Creek, of course, was one of my favorites. He's the mysterious type I just can't get enough of and I liked digging deep into his soul to find out about his past. He has them well hidden though because despite Robin's best efforts, not much was found. Hopefully in the third book (he's still clouded in mystery in the sequel :( ). 

    The romance that blooms between Robin and Creek had me smiling throughout the whole book. It's just the kind that you like to read about, the type that makes you feel the butterflies and wish it would go on forever (in the sequel it's to die for, you're going to love it too!).



    Overall, Robin in the Hood is a great adventurous book that basically has everything you are looking for. And, because I already know what happens in the next book in the series (Check out my review of Stone of Thieves), I can tell you that it gets BETTER. ;)

    Raven Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway



    Hello and welcome to my stop in the Raven Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I'm thrilled to be part of this awesome tour and I hope you stick around to check out this awesome book (and series!). Below you can find my 5 stars review of this book and a tour-wide giveaway open to US and Internationals! Go enter and don't forget to spread the word. ;)

    *****

    Title: Raven
    Author: Stacey Rourke
    Series: Legends Saga #2
    Genre: NA Paranormal 
    Published: September 21st, 2014
    Page count: 276 pages
    Format: eBook
    Source: From tour host in exchange for an honest review

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    Book Summary:
    An infamous love, destined nevermore,
    For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

    Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

    She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
    searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

    Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

    Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

         *The Reader's Review*

         My rating: 5/5 stars
    Stacey Rourke is brilliant! I'm awed with her talent of bringing back to life dreary legends that rarely get attention nowadays in the recent literary world. Her rendition of the Headless Horseman and Edgar Allan Poe tales are phenomenal, and while I thought that Crane was awesome, Raven made me re-consider my terms. For lack of better words, it's kick-ass!

    Raven's storyline is fantastic and one that made me turn its pages in record speed. I laughed, I clutched my heart and I feared for the characters in every step of their hunt to help out Ridley Peolte as his life is intertwined with Edgar Allan Poe and his love, Lenore. It's a dark book, just as much as Crane, but it glows with the rich personalities of every character, not to mention with the breathtaking twists in the legends.

    Ireland, Noah and Rip Van Winkle are now hands down my new favorite trio. Scratch that, foursome now with Ridley included. You won't spend a single dull moment with them around I assure you. And why would you? The Hessian, the nice sarcastic boyfriend, the few centuries old cursed man, and the Poe possessed guy are bound to make an interesting group, and since trouble follows them around like a hungry cat, you can bet they will fight and crack many sarcastic jokes in the process.

    But of course, despite everything I went through with this book, it still killed me at the ending. I still can't quite wrap my head around what happened, only that I'm not okay and I seriously hope for a miracle. It may happen, right Stacey? Please do your magic, I beg of you!

    *Sigh* For now, all I have left to say is that Stacey Rourke needs to be praised more often. She's the master of the art of both raising the hairs on your arms and making you want to laugh out loud. It's not a usual mix to stumble by, yet it works perfectly well for her. She's amazing and her books won't ever let me lie so you have to trust me in this one. 

    P.S. Go Team Horseman!

    *****
    About the Author

    RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
    Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
    Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

    Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.


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    $25 Amazon gift card
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    Stone of Thieves Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway


    Welcome to my stop of the Stone of Thieves Book Tour! Today, I'm happy to share with you my thoughts about this incredible sequel to Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed. This series in now a favorite of mine and I hope it becomes a favorite of yours as well. At the end of this post you can also find a tour-wide giveaway that is open Internationally. Enjoy!

    *****

    Title: Stone of Thieves
    Author: Diane J. Reed
    Series: Robbin' Hearts Series #2
    Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
    Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC
    Published: May 8th, 2014
    Page count: 238 pages
    Format: eBook
    Source: From tour host in exchange for an honest review
    Book Summary:
    The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart? As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .

    Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin’ Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.

         *The Reader's Review*

         My rating: 5/5 stars
    I SO FRIKIN' LOVED THIS BOOK. *controls feels* Agh, Stone of Thieves is a stupendous read! I devoured it in just a few hours because I.could.not.stop.reading. I think it took me little over three hours and when I reached the end of it I was definitely not prepared to say goodbye to this book. The plot, the characters and the magic are highly enthralling, making this book a definite page-turner.

    Stone of Thieves continues on with Robin's quest to find her mother with the help of her exceedingly handsome boyfriend, Creek. As they dash of to Venice in search of her, they get themselves into another heart-pumping and dangerous adventure with only their thieving skills and unlikely allies to help them out. If Robin in the Hood was an exhilarating drive, then this one was a mind-blowing, can't-get-enough journey.

    I love how far Robin and Creek have come into their relationship and as characters. They are not the same little thieves I learned to love from the first book, but these incredible people who would do anything to protect those they love. For example, I love how Creek is terrifyingly ready to take a bullet for Robin, because if something happens to her, not only does he loses the love of his life, but he loses his heart as well. For this guy, it's her and only her his reason to live for. And likewise with Robin, she has a strong heart and when she sets her heart on something, it's extremely hard for her to let go.

    The magical touch in this story, with gypsies and ghosts, was a thumbs-up for me as well. These elements have always intrigued me and I liked how perfect they were for Robin's and Creek's story. I don't know why, but I also found them oddly romantic. Guess it's because of their role on the story.

    But in all seriousness, I demand to read the third book in this series. I must know how it all ends and tie up all the loose ends. Pleeeeease! I want more Creek and Robin, and Creek. Thank god the release date is set for Fall, that means pretty soon, right? I'm counting on it.

    *****
    About the Author

    Diane J. Reed has a Ph.D. in English and a lifelong passion for books—both popular, forgotten & literary—as long as they touch her soul & make her want to tuck them under her pillow at night to remember them in her dreams. She writes novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. She also has a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those who burn brightly to live each day as a gift—because it is! She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to visit Diane J. Reed's website at www.banditsranch.com or message her here to share the whispers of your spirit.


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    Finding Mr. Darcy Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway


    I'm super thrilled to finally have the Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition blog tour stop by the blog! Find out why I think this book is sweet and enter the super cool giveaway below.(Don't forget to check out the full blog tour schedule for more awesome content). Read on, friends. :)
    *****

    Title: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
    Author: Erin Butler
    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Publisher: Swoon Romance
    Published: September 16th, 2014
    Page count: 198 pages
    Format: ebook
    Source: Provided by tour host in exchange for an honest review.
    Book Summary: 
    Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.
    With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.
    Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble. 
    So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 
    It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story

      *The Reader's Review*

         My rating: 4/5 stars
    I don't know about you, but I'm always happy to dive into stories based on Jane Austen's novels. What can I say? Her love stories are classically stunning and the love interests are so interesting.*cough Mr. Darcy cough* So when I had the chance to read Erin Butler's YA inspired book, I crossed my fingers and hoped to be swooned by her story. And I was!

    I simply adored the cuteness of this book! It was such a fun, light read that made me smile constantly. The main character, Eliza, was crazy in love with everything that had to do with Jane Austen, making her an awesome Jane quoter (is that a word?). She's a nice girl, with troubles and faults, and in her quest to find a Jane approved love, she immerses herself in her own sort of version of Pride and Prejudice, and more.

    The love interests were very swoon worthy and I was so rooting for Will (high school edition of Mr. Darcy). He was perfect and adorable! Okay, not that perfect, but I developed a huge crush on him so his perfect in my eyes. However, there's also this guy who was super sweet too and, despite not being as perfect as my Will, he was a worthy candidate as well.

    I have to say I was a bit bummed on how things end up with Liza. Nothing bad happens really and I must admit it's quite clever and unexpected, but I fear that wasn't what I wanted. Still, I liked how Liza came to know herself and did what she think was best for her and everyone.

    Overall, if you're looking for a sweet, fast-paced read inspired by the great Jane Austen, then this one is undoubtedly one you should try soon. ;)

    *****
    About the Author

    Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work withbooks all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

    Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.

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    Act Accordingly Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway


    Hello there! Welcome to my stop for the Act Accordingly by C.E. Hansen blog tour, hosted by Lady Reader's Bookstuff Blog Tours. I have an author interview to show you today and an awesome tour-wide giveaway you all must enter. Enjoy!

    About The Book

    Title: Act Accordingly
    Author: C.E. Hansen
    Release Date: July 16, 2014 
    Page count: 472 pages
    Genre: Erotic Romance/Adult/Fiction


    Summary:
    Twenty-six-year-old Nic Maretta is having a bad year. She just found out that the man she was in love with and planned to marry is just that, married. So she does what any normal woman would do. She gets drunk, brushes herself off and swears off love forever. She is thankful to have a best friend that not only loves her, but accepts the new ‘Nic’. This new Nic has decided to live life on her own terms, mocking convention; as well as her own situations. It’s goodbye heartache and hello sexual freedom. After all, what’s good for the goose, is good for the woman who likes sex! Or something along those lines. Until she accidentally bumps into Brendon… He is immediately taken in by her beauty and tenacity. She is instantly turned on by his good looks and sex appeal. One crazy night, one too many champagnes and way too many phone contacts, Nic throws caution to the wind and calls Brendon. To her surprise he comes running. Game on! 
     
    Ø  To get the ball rolling, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    I live in New Jersey with my husband Tom and my Maltese Zoe. I love to read, write and cook. I have a beautiful daughter, Kate, who lives in Philadelphia, whom I don’t see as often as I would like to. Did I mention I love to write?

    Ø  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
    When I was about fourteen I wrote my first romance. It wasn’t very good, typical boy meets girl, first kiss, etc. But I realized that even though I wasn’t very good, I really enjoyed it. I wrote some poetry after that, and came to discover that I was much better at the story writing. Something about finding words that rhymed that was discouraging.

    Ø  What first attracted you to write in the Young Adult genre?
    Since I first started writing about young people when I was fourteen, it kind of stuck with me. I changed to erotic romance/romance later on.

    Ø  What was the most challenging thing you had to face when publishing your book?
    I didn’t have a clue how to publish a book. I sent out the typically agent query letters and sent my manuscripts to publishers but although I got a few bites, I never got an offer, so I figured I’d self publish. That was fun. Watching people review your books. It’s very, very gratifying knowing that someone besides yourself likes your stories.

    Ø  Can you tell us what your novel is about and where the idea comes from?
    I had begun by writing Unlikely Hero, the YA paranormal book and stopped dead in my tracks after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I then read All of Sylvia Day’s books and I was hooked on the erotic romance genre. I wrote It’s A Crime and It’s A Shame, both erotic suspense/thrillers, but I wanted to try a little comedy. That’s where Act Accordingly came in to mind. I loved writing about Nic. She’s sassy and a bit of a smart ass. She’s the most like me of all my characters.

    Ø  If you could be any supernatural creature what would it be and why?
    I don’t know if a genie is considered supernatural, but I’d like to make anything happen with just a blink and a nod.

    Ø  If you can write any book outside your genre, what would it be and why?
    That is a hard question. I’ve written YA paranormal, romance, thriller/suspense and comedy. I guess a different kind of paranormal, one that has an odd storyline, or a historical romance. That could be fun!

    Ø  What is one of your favorite hobbies?
    As I mentioned earlier, I love cooking. Coming up with new recipes is my favorite. My husband calls himself my taste tester. I also enjoy reading. I love getting lost in another place and time, no better way to just relax than that.

    Ø  Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?
    I enjoy a drink, usually wine, when I start writing. It helps get the fingers going. So I take my glass of wine, sit on the sofa, put my glasses on and start typing. It’s not a must, the glasses are a must, but it certainly helps.

    Ø  Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on? Any sequels or new novels to be looking forward to?
    I am currently writing a book that is more on the line of a suspense novel (guess I go back to my comfort zone), and I also have two others started, both thrillers.


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    Alanis Morrisette – You Learn
    Adele – Turning Tables
    Adele – One and Only
    Iron and Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
    Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
    Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts
    The Script – Breakeven
    Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself In Pain
    Julia Holter – Hello Stranger
    About the Author:
    C.E. Hansen is an American writer who wrote her first romance novel at age fourteen when she discovered writing about boys and girls was way easier than actually having a relationship of her own. Since that time, her communication skills haven't improved, but she likes to think her writing has. After earning an associate’s degree in literature from WC, she worked in a bus company, a law office and a wine/gourmet food shoppe, but she never abandoned writing.

    She's a proud mother of a beautiful daughter, lives in New Jersey with her husband and Maltese Zoe, and if she's not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching cable television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to chocolate.

    C.E. Hansen's debut novel IT'S A CRIME was released May 2013, her follow up novel IT'S A SHAME, was released November 11th, 2013.

    Her latest, ACT ACCORDINGLY, takes a turn from her normal. Instead of a thriller/suspense, it is a romantic comedy with a healthy injection of spice!
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