Weekly Book Recap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey.

This week I will be participating in the Love For Books Readathon. 
What I Wrote:

Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs- Review and Giveaway The giveaway ends tonight so be sure to enter for your chance to win a digital copy.
What I Read:


Columbine by Dave Cullen 

Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs (Netgalley)
Currently Reading:


Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi (Netgalley)
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Up Next: 


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (Netgalley)
Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks (Netgalley)

Love for Books Readathon

This readathon is hosted by Jessi at Novel Heartbeat. It runs from February 9th at 12:01am to February 15 at 11:59pm. I love participating in readathons so this should be fun. I will update my progress as the week goes by.
Goals
– read 4 books
-participate in both mini challenges
Books to Read
-Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
-An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
-Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
-Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

Progress
Monday, February 9th
-Currently Reading: Escape Velocity
-Amount read: 18%
-Time spent reading: 1 hour
-books finished: none
Tuesday, February 10th
-Currently Reading: Escape Velocity; An Abundance of Katherines
-Amount read: 38%; 26 pages
-Time spent reading: 3 hours 10 min
-books finished: Escape Velocity
Wednesday, February 11th
-Currently Reading: An Abundance of Katherines; Stealing Hearts
-Amount read: 25 pages; 53%
-Time spent reading: 2 hours 15 min
-books finished: none

Thursday, February 12th
-Currently Reading: An Abundance of Katherines; Stealing Hearts
-Amount read: 20 pages; 47%
-Time spent reading: 1 hours 30min
-books finished: Stealing Hearts

Friday, February 13th
-Currently Reading: An Abundance of Katherines; Fool’s Paradise
-Amount read: 105; 5%
-Time spent reading: 2 hours 17 min
-books finished: none

Saturday, February 14th 
-Currently Reading: An Abundance of Katherines; Fool’s Paradise
-Amount read: 39 pages; 2%
-time spent reading: 1 hour
-books finished: An Abundance of Katherines

Sunday, February 15th
-Currently reading: Fool’s Paradise
-Amount read: 10%
-Time spent reading: 45 min
-books finished: none

Total time read: 11 hours 57 min
Total # books read: 3

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.
This week’s topic is The Worst Harry Potter Death. This is such a hard one because there were so many deaths throughout the series. I’ll discuss the three that bothered me the most in chronological order of the series. 
Sirius Black

I was literally fighting mad when Bellatrix LeStrange killed Sirius Black. The fact that he just floated away through the archway didn’t help. Harry was finally starting to feel like he had some semblance of a family just to have it taken away in such an abrupt manner. And he couldn’t even have a proper goodbye because there was no body to bury and the whole wizarding world thought Sirius was a mass murderer. 
Hedwig

When Hedwig got hit by that killing curse, I was so upset! She was helpless being in that cage and had no way to dodge it! I cried so hard over this one. 
Fred Weasley

Fred Weasley’s death was so tragic. He was joking with Percy as he died which I think just made me cry more. Percy was trying to rekindle his relationship with his family just to witness the death of his brother. Now I don’t really like Percy or the way he acted but I’ll give him credit for finally coming to his senses. The fact that George no longer has his twin to pull pranks with and to be his constant companion was so heart breaking. 

Book Review: Playing Doctor by Kate Allure

Title: Playing Doctor
Author: Kate Allure

Genre: Erotica

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

The doctor will see you now…

Three sizzling-hot erotic romance stories to stoke your mood…

In The Intern, the temperature of Dr. Lauren Marks’ office quickly rises when her new medical intern, Courtney, turns out to be a passionate and sexy young man.

Valerie realizes all of her fantasies when her sexy surgeon and her loving husband team up to offer her some extra-special treatment in My Doctor, My Husband, and Me. 

Nikki gets more than she bargained for in Seize the Doctor when the hot guy she recently met at a bar walks into her exam room wearing a white coat. Good thing she wore her sexiest lingerie.

Review: 

The Intern

I liked this story. Things got extremely hot near the end with a scene taking place against a floor-to-ceiling window ten stories up. It was a very exhibitionist like scene which I love in my erotica. 

My Doctor, My Husband, and Me

I didn’t care for this story all that much. There were a lot of exhibitionist scenes in this one but they just felt dull. 

Seize the Doctor

This story was hot hot hot! It was slightly funny when Nikki realized that her GYN was the hot guy she met at the bar. The scenes were very steamy and what I was expecting out of this book.

Overall, the stories were mainly about the sex. So don’t read these expecting to find an in depth back story.

Rating: 3 stars

Leibster Award

I was nominated for the Leibster Award by KayCee which was a lovely surprise! Be sure to check out her blog!

To participate in this, here are the rules: 

1. Post 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions created by the person who nominated you, then create your own set for the people who you are going to nominate!

3. Choose 11 people (that have under 200 followers) to nominate and link them to your post.

4. Let the people you nominated know they’ve been tagged. No tag backs!

11 Facts About Me: 

  • I’m 5’0″.
  • I’m obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. 
  • During my free time I’m either reading or crocheting.
  • My favorite band is Mayday Parade.
  • I have a cat named Chespin.
  • I still play Pokemon.
  • I love batman. 
  • I like to make my own bread.
  • I collect shot glasses.  
  • I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. 
  • I’m almost always reading at least two books.
Questions KayCee asked me:

If you could live in any book for a week, what book would it be? and why?

  • I think it would be cool to live in the Mortal Instruments series for a week. The adventures they go on would probably scare me but I’d love to give it a try. 

Your blogging goal of the year?

  • Set a consistent schedule and stick to it as well as learn more about blogging in general

A book you think would make a good movie?

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox

Do have a favorite bookmaker?

  • I’m not entirely sure what you mean by this but I think you mean author so I would have to say John Green or Lauren Blakely. 

Your ‘guilty pleasure’ book?

  • any Harry Potter book 

If you could have any mystical or magical artifact what would it be?

  • a timeturner

Your go to blog/website for book reviews?

  • This would have to be Book Journey. Shelia has an amazing archive. 

What book do you think will be your favorite read this year?

  • Hmm this is a tough one. I have so many books that I want to read this year that I think are going to be good that it’s hard to choose just one. Maybe Paper Towns by John Green, Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs, or Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks.

What is your must play song right now?

  • Style- Taylor Swift
What’s your must see movie of 2015? 
  • I have a list: Mockinjay pt. 2, The Duff, Paper Towns, and Insurgent.  
Favorite social site? 
  • Goodreads

My Questions: 

  1. What is the story behind your blog name? 
  2. What blogs do you check daily? 
  3. What is your favorite quote? 
  4. Who is your favorite author? 
  5. If your life were a movie, who would play you?  
  6. Do you have a full-time job or is blogging your full-time job?  
  7. Who is your favorite band? 
  8. What is your favorite song right now? 
  9. Do you have any pets? 
  10. What is your favorite season and why?  
  11. Where do you hope to be in one year? 

My Nominations: 
Be sure to check out these blogs!

Victoria at Addlepates & Book Nerds
Katie Michelle at Kittens and Books
Laura at Blue Eye Books
Michelle at Stories Inside


Blog Tour, Author Chat, and Giveaway – Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs

Author Chat with C.C. Gibbs

How did you choose which genre to write in? 
I switch around to keep myself interested. I’ve written billionaire stories, historicals, romantic suspense and funny contemporaries. 
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Read, take off for Northern California, lunch with friends, pester my family, and read some more. 
What was your inspiration for Power & Possession? 
A scene often appears as I’m finishing a book. It comes out of nowhere, with no explanation; it is just there in full color. This time it was Nicole and Rafe in bed at the sex club in Paris. 
Which part of Power and Possession was your favorite to write? 
When Nicole and Rafe first meet and are struck by intense, baffling emotions. Both had always subscribed to the philosophy “I don’t get attached” and now something unaccountable has happened. 
                                                            
POWER AND POSSESSION BY C.C. GIBBS
February 3, 2015; Forever E-Book; $4.99

Buy Links: 
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Overview

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants- no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger- body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man- especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days- and nights- that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line- between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

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Excerpt

“Where are you staying?”
“At my uncle’s apartment.”
“Come to my place.” He folded his hands on the table, leaned forward a little, his gaze focused, her appeal powerful as a riptide, ignoring the fact that what he was about to say was messing with his head. “I’ll kick out everyone else.”
“Everyone else? Meaning?” She didn’t lack confidence, and he was notorious for his casual sexual encounters.
For some reason he didn’t mind her impertinence. “Only male friends. I never allow women to stay with me.” He smiled. “Until now. So how about it?”
“Sure, I’d like that.” And suddenly the summer takes an interesting turn. So far the boys of summer had been only mildly interesting. “But not for long.” She wrinkled her nose. “I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.”
Rafe suddenly went still; her little nose twitch reminded him of a child. “Just for the record,” he murmured, “how old are you?” People graduated college at any age; he had at nineteen.
“Worried?” Nicole flashed him a grin. “How much does it matter?”
He scowled. “It matters.”
“Or?”
“Or you’re gone.”
“Now neither of us wants that,” she said, amusement in the blue of her eyes. “Do we?”
He didn’t move a muscle, even his breathing quieted. “Don’t,” he said, very softly. “No games.”
Nicole’s voice was lush with provocation. “Really? I’ve heard you like games.”
“You heard wrong.” He held her gaze for a moment, then sighed. “Tell me your age or get the fuck out.” Hand of fate or not, he didn’t do stupid.
“Twenty-two.” Her brows rose in perfect arcs.
“So, are we seeing blue skies and rainbows once again?” Honeyed sarcasm dripped from each word. “Or do I find someone else at this party to entertain me?”
Rafe’s smile slowly unfurled and his eyes took on a predatory glow. “Am I your captive?”
“You are.” Smoothly rising from his chair, he strode toward the door. “Now I’m going to lock the door, then fuck you till morning.”
“And then what?”
Whoa. The unmistakable note of demand in her voice brought him to a stop. He turned. “I’m sorry, did you say something?”
She met his insolent gaze and smiled. “I said- and then what?… As in afterward.”
Audacious or foolhardy? Fascinating certainly. He winked. “Afterward, you can tell me your name. How’s that?”
She winked back. “I’ll think about it.”
He went very still. “Is this a contest?”
“I hope not,” she murmured, gazing at him from under her long, dark lashes. “I hope I get what I want.”
“Which is?”
“Do you need a list?”
“Do you know what you’re doing?” Unsure whether it was anger or lust igniting his senses, his voice took on a raspy edge and his golden gaze turned cold.
“I can’t answer that definitively, but right now it looks like your dick knows what it’s doing,” she noted, with a languid lift of her hand.
He looked at her for a moment. A woman had never taunted him before and he wanted to pick her up and shove his dick so far up her pussy he’d need a road map to get out.
“Don’t,” she said, very, very softly. “This could be really good… mind-blowing in fact. You have to know that.”
“Fuck you,” he whispered, shifting his stance enough to ease the pressure on his erection.
“Anytime… Just not that way, okay?”
He dragged in a ragged breath. “Don’t tell me what to do.”
She held his gaze, unflinching. “Nor you me.”
A smile slowly overcame his discontent as he held her contentious stare. “Why don’t we see?” he said very gently. “You might like it after all.” Then he reached back, turned the key in the lock, slid it into his pocket, and moved toward her. 

About the author: 
C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Susan Johnson. She divides her time between the Midwest and Northern California, and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein and researching books is great fun!

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Giveaway
The publisher is giving away 10 digital copies. Be sure to enter for your chance to win.

Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs- Review and Giveaway

Title: Power and Possession
Author: C.C. Gibbs 

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: February 3, 2015

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Reckless #1

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants- no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger- body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man- especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days- and nights- that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line- between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

Review: 

This is a spin-off series from C.C. Gibb’s All or Nothing series. I have not read that series so I’m going into this series without any knowledge of the characters that crossover.

The story starts with Nicole and her bestie, Fiona, in Europe for vacation where they want to experience it all, including hooking up with whomever they want. They end up at a mega yacht party hosted by none other than the billionaire playboy Rafe Contini. Nicole stumbles into his suite by accident while searching for a bathroom. The sparks that fly between them are instantaneous and undeniable.

Rafe has a reputation for hooking up with numerous women with no commitment, no strings, no promises, and most of the time no names. The moment Nicole walks into his suite, his world shifts and he is no longer looking for just a one-night stand. Nicole, however, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and tell him no, which doesn’t sit well with Rafe who is used to only hearing yes. The days that follow test them and their ability to keep this just a fling.

I like how Nicole holds her own and doesn’t just give in to everything he says. She argues with him about almost everything he says but she’s so independent and isn’t going to just be submissive like he expects her to be. At the same time, some of the things she argues about are not things that just really matter. Rafe can be hypocritical when it comes to who she’s slept with and doesn’t like talking about who he’s slept with.

I really enjoyed the story line where they struggle to decide whether to listen to their feelings or not. I think that happens a lot in real life. Some people are afraid to put themselves out there and just see what happens with the person who basically changes their world.

My favorite scene would have to be when they are in a sex club. This book is definitely steamy and sexy. I’m a fan of how C.C. Gibbs writes and look forward to reading more of her stories.

Rating: 4 stars


Giveaway: 

Forever (Grand Central Publishing) is currently having a giveaway for 10 digital copies of the e-book which you can find here.

Thanks to the kindness of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), I have an ADDITIONAL DIGITAL COPY to giveaway.

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Be A Better Blogger February Challenge

The Be a Better Blogger Challenge is hosted Brittany at Book Bumblings. Unfortunately I missed out on January’s challenge but I will be joining for February.

The challenge for February is to create a blogging schedule. I know I definitely need help with this mainly because I still don’t entirely know what I’m doing. Right now I just write posts as they come to me and the only ones that are actually scheduled are the ones for ARCs that I’ve finished but it’s too early to post the review for. So my goal for this month is to create a consistent schedule so that I don’t have to worry about what to post each day.

Update: I’ve started using Trello to help me organize what I want to post. I still haven’t gotten in the hang of scheduling my posts but it’s a work in progress. I’m going to continue working on getting my schedule set up. I think once I find a paper calender that I like, it will be a lot easier to do this.

4 Reasons I Loved Paper Towns by John Green

Let me start by saying this is the first audio book I have ever listened to. I must say I enjoyed it immensely and have started looking for other audio books to listen to.

This is the second book by John Green I’ve read and I must say it did not disappoint. Some people complain that Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are too similar. Being that Looking for Alaska is the only other book of his I have read, I can see why they say that; however, I feel like the characters have similar traits but the stories are very independent of one another.

Reasons I loved it: 

1. Margo Roth Spiegelman is a criminal genius! I don’t necessarily agree with her ethics, but I must say that I wish I had thought of some of the pranks she pulled when I was in high school. The fact that she plans it in full detail beforehand is what makes it so genius.
2. The idea of “paper towns” is a big part of this book. I had never given much thought to what that might mean until about halfway through the book. The way Margo describes Orlando as a “paper town” made me really think about what it all meant and how there are “paper towns” and “paper people” all around us.

“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”   

3. The friendship between Quentin, Ben, and Radar is a realistic friendship that you don’t see very often in books. The way they mess with each other and talk to each other is how I talk to my friends.

“Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds,” I added. Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to show his approval, and then came back with another, “Ben, getting you a date to prom is so hard that the American government believes the problem cannot be solved with diplomacy, but will instead require force.” 

4. There is a pretty epic road trip involved.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want to Read in X Genre. Since I don’t feel like I’m well read in any genre I am going to do the Top Ten Books I Want to Read in Contemporary Romance. Here is my list:

Feels Like Home by Evelyn Adams
Breathe for Me by Natalie Anderson
The Look of Love by Bella Andre
Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher
A Starstruck Kiss by Lauren Blakely
Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby
Reckless by Skye Jordan
Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
If You Stay by Courtney Cole
What are your top ten books? Leave me a link to your post so I can read yours.