The Boss’s Daughter by Aubrey Parker #BookBlitz and #Giveaway

The Boss’s Daughter by Aubrey Parker
Inferno Falls, #1
Publication date: October 27th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Riley’s whole life is ahead of her … if the temptation of her father’s new protege doesn’t prove to be too much to stand

Ever since losing her mother as a girl, Riley James has lived for her father, Mason. The loss has nearly consumed them both, and they’ve only survived it together. But while Mason is moving into his twilight years, Riley is still young and ready for her life to begin. Her father’s shared grief — once the warm embrace she needed — now feels like a set of shackles that are starting to chafe.
Brandon Grant is smack dab in the middle of his life’s best years. So far they’ve been devoted to the construction company where he’s dedicated the last several years. A product of the foster care system, Brandon comes from a dark enough past that he can never let anyone get too close — except his boss, Mason James, who steps into the void his father was never there to fill. After years of back breaking work, Brandon is finally about to land the promotion he’s always wanted. Soon, he’ll finally start living for himself, and find someone to share in the happiness he’s sure to earn … eventually.
But love can’t always wait …
Just as Brandon is being groomed for the position, he meets the sweetest, most charming, and electrifying girl he’s ever seen — and realizes, with the crushing, sinking knowledge that she’s Riley James, the boss’s daughter.
While Riley might be ready to move on, her father can’t, and he makes it abundantly clear that Brandon’s not to go near her. As he spends more and more time in the office, preparing to become the company’s big man, he clocks more time with Riley. Soon, their spark ignites to inferno.
Riley and Brandon must decide if their happiness still means what they’ve always thought, or if they’ve finally found the person who can turn their lives into something more.
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 TEASERS

EXCERPT
I’m such an idiot.
I’m a dumb, impulsive, ridiculous little girl.
I knew better than this, but here I am.
I’m sitting on the edge of the tailgate, looking east, seeing the sky turn slightly more orange, slowly losing its red. We’re still a while from sunrise, and I hope Brandon and Bridget finish what they’re doing long before then. Right now, it’s dark enough that Bridget couldn’t see my eyes when she passed, and we were both able to act like we each hadn’t noticed the other. Bridget pretended I was hanging out back here like cargo. I pretended too. Nothing happened. Just two people out for a ride, with one in the pickup, when something went wrong and they ended up stuck for hours and hours of nothing at all.
The truck’s hood is up. There’s a white-yellow glow around its edges from where I’m sitting, and in the dark it’s bright enough to be stark. I can see the ground around them, but not their faces. Brandon had some sort of hanging light. He had to ask me to move so he could grab it from a toolbox. His voice was flat and courteous. I moved away, practically apologizing. We’re stupidly civil. Nothing makes people polite like having sex that shouldn’t have been had.
I don’t know what came over me. One moment, I was angry, and the next I was ripping his shirt open. We were arguing then he was kissing my neck. I had plenty of chances to stop it. Everything before my panties came off. Everything before he was inside me.
Even as ashamed and stupid and guilty as I feel, my mind keeps going there. My mind keeps seeing the way he looked. My body keeps reliving the sensations. I don’t have a long sexual history, but last night — if it counts as last night this early in the morning — would have stood out even in a whore’s resume. I didn’t think lust like that existed outside of movies. I felt helpless. I should have stopped it, of course. But I couldn’t.
And Brandon? He just fucked the boss’s daughter. He should have stopped it, too.
The dirty words circle my head like a halo.
He fucked the boss’s daughter.
He fucked me.
It should be more tender than that, but it wasn’t. And my traitorous mind wants to keep repeating the images, the words, the shameful lack of restraint. This was a terrible idea, and both of us knew better. If anyone finds out, Brandon’s career will be over, and I’ll never take over my father’s company. Dad won’t fire me like he will Brandon, of course, but I’ll be a permanent intern. A receptionist or clerk at best. He’ll never take me seriously. He’ll never look at me and see as more than a teenager, even once I hit thirty. He’ll even pretend to understand. He’ll say I’m a grown woman and allowed to be with whomever I choose. But that won’t change the fact that I fucked his protégé.
I want it to be something different. I want to say we made love. But I can’t. I can barely even say we had sex. No. That was animal. Primal. The kind of thing that a sensible up-and-coming, college-educated, responsible executive should have been able to resist because not to was the pinnacle of poor judgment. A key example of letting base instincts overcome reason. Dangerous impulsiveness. Which was fine, except that it wasn’t the kind of thing anyone wanted near the controls of a corporation.
And still I can’t stop thinking of Brandon’s hands on me. I can’t stop thinking of his lips. I can’t stop thinking of the rhythm of our passion. I can’t stop thinking of how strong he’d felt. That sense of delirious helplessness, as if I couldn’t have fled if I’d wanted.
Brandon climbs into the cabin.
The engine starts.
I hop down to see what’s next, but by the time I make it to where they were working, my eyes averted, the truck is pulling away with Brandon at the wheel.
I find myself facing Bridget. Her car is behind her, still running.
“Come on,” she whispers, her voice husky, barely audible beneath the sound of an idling engine and Brandon’s departure, “I’ll take you home.”

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TTT: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween themed freebie. I chose to do Top Ten Horror Books. There are several Stephen King books on the list but I really enjoy his writing and they are definitely terrifying.

1. It by Stephen King. Who could like clowns after reading this? 
2. Insomnia by Stephen King. This book will cause you to have insomnia which will just creep you out even more! (or at least it did me)
3. Finders Keepers by Stephen King. The entire Bill Hodges trilogy is pretty creepy but this one was my favorite. 
4. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. This book is just fantastic. 
5. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

6. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson. The story of what happens when you move into a murder house. 
7. Horns by Joe Hill. This brings new meaning to the phrase “your own personal hell”. 
8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 

9. Dracula by Bram Stoker. 

10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  

Weekly Book Recap #24

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme now hosted by Book Date.


What I Read: 

Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

Currently Reading: 

He’s the Man by M. Malone

College Bound by Lilia Ford

Up Next: 
Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark

Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter #Review

Title: Bad Boy Daddy
Author: Chance Carter

Genre: 
Format: eBook, 384 pages

Publisher: Chance Carter (self published)
Publication Date: October 3rd 2015


I received an eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


He wanted a baby. I needed a man
Faith 
The first time I saw Jackson, I hated his guts. He was everything I could never have. Pure, panty-wetting, manhood. And I was trapped in a loveless relationship with his worst enemy. I never would have dreamed he craved my womb so badly he was willing to do anything for it. 
Jackson 
My father’s death taught me a lot of things. Most importantly, I needed a child. I had to have a son before my enemies caught up with me. So when Faith came begging for protection, I knew exactly what I wanted. I yearned for her body. Lust raged through me like a wildfire. I longed to make her pregnant with my child. I gave her an offer she couldn’t refuse. A life for a life. My protection, in exchange for everything she had to offer. I’d die for her, but she would give me a son. 
I took her womb. I never suspected she’d take my heart.

Review

Faith wanted out of a bad relationship when she runs into Jackson. He agrees to help her out but only if she’ll give him a child. The insta love thing is done all the time so that part I could handle. The part that bothered me was the “I know I got you pregnant” thing after like 2 days together. I know that it is possible to get pregnant that quickly but I also know that some people struggle with it and have a hard time. 

The book had some really steamy moments in it which I loved. I didn’t like that Jackson was constantly telling Faith that she was his and he owned her. In my opinion she was way to submissive to him which is probably how she ended up in the relationship with Wolfe at the beginning of the book. 

There is a time jump of 12 years in this book and I find it hard to believe that two people could still be so in love after very little contact for that amount of time that they don’t move on. I guess it’s possible but I just don’t know. 

Overall, I thought the book was good and it is a debut novel so I will definitely be giving the author another chance. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand #Review


Title: Loving Lucas
Author: Violetta Rand

Genre: New Adult Romance
Format: eBook, 208 pages
Series: Lies & Leather #1

Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: October 20th 2015


I received an eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy, Violetta Rand’s explosive new Lies & Leather series kicks off with a red-hot motorcycle racer who rides hard and plays for keeps.
Twenty-one-year-old Karlie Augustine is a survivor. She’s smart and tough, but she’s in too deep with a bad boyfriend who isn’t above breaking her spirit—or her body. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding hunk on the right side of the law. Lucas Lafontaine is pure muscle, a Corpus Christi cop who ignites something primal deep within Karlie. And when he offers her room and board in exchange for housekeeping, she finally starts to feel safe again.
As their arrangement turns deliciously decadent, Lucas gets hooked on Karlie’s killer body and fighting spirit. He wants to heal the pain he sees behind her eyes, but to protect her he needs to keep her close, especially now that her psycho ex won’t take a hint. Even as Lucas fights his own battle for custody of his young son, he knows that what he’s found with Karlie is real—and that he’d do anything to protect the woman he wants to take to the finish line.
Review

Karlie had a rough life growing up in the foster care system. Now she is in an abusive relationship with the first guy she ever gave herself to and she wants out. Conner doesn’t care who sees him beat Karlie up because he thinks no one would dare challenge him. When Lucas sees Conner grab Karlie, his cop instincts kick in and he comes to her rescue. 

Now that Karlie is out of the abuse, she has to learn to trust again. The insta lust between her and Lucas makes it hard for her to know what is real and what isn’t. Lucas is determined to make her forget Conner and show her how a real man acts and what real love is. 

I absolutely loved this book! It was so hard to put down. I love that we get glimpses of characters from The Devil’s Den series as well. Violetta Rand has a way of writing characters that you just want to get to know more about and that definitely shows in this book. This is a great start to her new series and I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: 5 stars

TTT: Top Ten Bookish Genie Wishes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask the Bookish Genie to Grant Me. I’d wish for:

1. There need to be more books in the Bloody Jack Series by L.A. Meyer. There are 12 books in the series but I absolutely love it and don’t want it to ever end!

2. Hogwarts needs to be a real place.

3. I wish that reading time didn’t take up actual time during the day. I would love to just be able to sit down and read for however long I wanted to and still have time to do everything else that needs to be done.

4. Unlimited access to all the books I want to read but don’t have access to.

5. Unlimited funds to purchase books with.

6. I want a library in my house that rivals the one in the castle from Beauty and the Beast.

7. I want to be able to go to a least one book convention a year.

8. I wish that all people loved to read and that they could find at least one that speaks to them and helps them get through a tough time.

9. The ability to hang out with my favorite characters like they are my best friend

10. To be able to go on dates with my current book boyfriend would be pretty awesome.

Weekly Book Recap #23

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme now hosted by Book Date.
This past Saturday was the Dewey 24-hr Read-a-thon. I managed to make it to the end of hour 17 with only a couple of breaks. It was a lot of fun participating.

What I Posted: 
TTT: Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love to Write a Book
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons #Review
Dewey 24-hr Read-a-thon Progress

What I Read: 

Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter

The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Currently Reading: 

Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

He’s the Man by M. Malone

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Up Next: 

College Bound by Lilia Ford

Dewey’s 24 Hour #readathon

Today is Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon and I’m so excited! This is a readathon that lasts for 24 hours and people from all over participate in it. Of course, you don’t have to read for the entire 24 hours. There are also mini challenges to participate in and you can cheer on all the other participants. I’ll be posting my updates here and on Twitter if you want to follow along.

                       

These are the books I’ve picked for the readathon and I know I won’t get through most of them. I wanted to have various options during the day in case I get tired of a book. Not pictured are two books on my kindle and 2 audiobooks as well as a book I forgot to put in the picture.

TBR
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar & Emmanuel Guibert
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (not pictured)
Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand (Kindle)
Crushed by Lauren Layne (Kindle)
Grey by E.L. James (audio)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (audio)

Goals for the Day
I would like to finish 3 books and participate in several mini challenges. This is my first time participation in the 24 hour readathon so I’m not sure yet how well I will do as far as achieving my goals goes.

Introductory Meme
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Jackson, Mississippi
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Cinderella Murder and Loving Lucas.
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Being pregnant, I gave a lot of thought to my snacks and I’m most looking forward to the frozen waffles and the pizza bagel I plan on making later. 
4. Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Brittany. I try not to stick to just one genre which you should be able to tell by my stack of books for this 🙂 I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant and can’t wait to share my love of reading with my daughter and I already read out loud to her even though she isn’t here yet. 
5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my first time participating and I’m most looking forward to all the reading I’m going to be able to do today as well as all the cheering that will be going on. I love the idea that there are so many people reading together around the world. 

End of Hour 1
I started Wild by Cheryl Strayed and have gotten about 10 pages in. So far it seems like it should be interesting. 
End of Hour 2
I only got through another 20 pages in Wild due to eating breakfast and cleaning up after my cat but I feel like I’ve had a productive morning already since it is now only 9am here.
End of Hour 3
I swapped to Grey by E.L. James on audio so that I could rest my eyes and sort through some baby clothes I was given. 
End of Hour 4
I’ve still been listening to Grey and I’m currently 64% through it. I’m going back to Wild now and hope to read quite a bit of it this hour. I will probably be taking a nap soon though.
End of Hour 7
I took an hour long nap and then refueled with some lunch. For hour 8 I plan to start The Professor’s Daughter since it’s a short graphic novel.
End of Hour 8
I started and finished The Professor’s Daughter. I also participated in the Airmchair Traveling mini challenge where I chose to go to Savannah, Georgia in The Last Song to spend time on the beach. Now I’m going to start The Cinderella Murder. 
End of Hour 9
I’m 5 chapters into The Cinderella Murder and so far it’s so good! I forgot how much I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark and will definitely be reading more from her in the future. Now back to reading. 
End of Hour 10
I’m currently on page 94 of The Cinderella Murder. My eyes are starting to hurt and I need food so I will be taking a break for at least the next hour so that I can recharge. The weather is nice so I may take a walk after I get something to eat.
Mid-event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished one book, read part of 2 others, and listened to part of one. 
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Loving Lucas
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I’ve only had two interruptions that weren’t planned and I just went with the flow and didn’t let them bother me. 
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I love how many people are participating actively on twitter. I knew this read-a-thon was popular but I had no idea it would be trending on twitter so quickly!

End of Hour 13
After a much needed break, I’m back to reading The Cinderella Murder. During my break, I ate dinner and participated in the Recommendation Train mini challenge. I’ve got Sleeping with Sirens playing in the background so that it isn’t too quite in my apartment. 

End of Hour 14
I’m making good progress on The Cinderella Murder. I hope to finish it in the next hour and a half or so.

End of Hour 16 
I’m still working on The Cinderella Murder and have less than a hundred pages left. It’s 11pm here so I really hope to finish this book soon. I’m starting to get tired and I just can’t stay up as late anymore. 

End of Hour 17
I finished The Cinderella Murder. Now I’m getting some sleep. This will probably be the end of the read-a-thon for me.

Books finished: 2
Pages read: 570
Audio listening time: 1 hour 44 min


The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons #Review

Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 10th 2015

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
Review

Kristen Simmons created a world vivid and terrifying when she wrote The Glass Arrow. This is a world where girls are auctioned off to the highest bidder strictly for breeding purposes and the men can send them back when they are done with them. It’s a lot like the sex trafficking that goes on in today’s world so it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for this to actually happen. However, today’s women would not be as submissive about it as the girls in this book were. 

Aya is such a strong female character and I admire her spunk. She tries her best at the beginning to not get captured but once her luck runs out and a group of businessmen catch her, she refuses to just give in to how society thinks she should act. Most of the other girls in The Garden are mean to her but I think it’s because she doesn’t have to take fertility treatments since she grew up basically in the wild and was not exposed to the things the other girls are. 

I have to gush about Kiran for a minute. He is a driver which means that he cannot speak. When he first meets Aya, they are both terrified of the other which leads to Aya basically trying to kill him. Once she realizes he isn’t going to hurt her though, I love the way they interacted. She would just go on and on about her life and he would just sit with her and listen. Since he can’t tell her his name, she makes one up for him based on his eye color. The romance that blossoms between them is so sweet. 

I have to say that my favorite character in the whole book though was Brax. Brax is a wolf that comes to sleep with Aya in The Garden and he is so adorable. He’s super protective and everything you want in your best friend, especially a fur baby. There was one part near the end that I didn’t like but I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, especially if you like to dive into dystopian books. If you’ve read The Glass Arrow, let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Rating: 4.5 stars

TTT: Ten Author Duos I’d Love to Write A Book Together

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Author Duos You’d Love to Write A Book Together. This was a hard topic because there are so many great authors out there and it’s hard to pick just ten duos.

1. Melody Anne and M. Malone
2. Ainsley Booth and Selena Kitt
3. Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George

4. Marissa Meyer and Kristen Simmons

5. Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas

6. Jennifer L Armentrout and Colleen Hoover

7. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling

8. Dahlia Adler and A.J. Pine

9. Morgan Matson and Gayle Forman

10. Zoe York and Elle Kennedy