Book Haul: 1.7.18

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I have almost 300 books on my Kindle and I fear that I only read about 5 in all of 2017. So, clearly, I know one of my goals for 2018 will be to read more books on my Kindle! Another option would be to stop downloading free books, but let’s not get crazy.

eBooks

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I picked up all of these books for free from Amazon!

Charmed by the Bartender by Piper Rayne

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look… you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack… when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

Goodreads | Amazon

Beauty and the Blitz: A Sports Romance by Sosie Frost

All-star linebacker Cole Hawthorne is a beast on the field, destroying offenses one broken quarterback at a time. Though he’s a gifted athlete, his violent reputation makes him a liability to his team and a villain in the league.

As Cole’s agent, it’s my responsibility to convince the brooding loner that being traded is better than getting banished from the game. If he loses his contract, this single mom is out of a job.

So, it’s up to me to tame the beast.

But the closer I get to the ferocious monster, the harder I fall for the passionate man underneath. He’s crude and charming. Tough and sweet. Dangerous…but even he can’t resist my baby’s giggle.

Denying my feelings might protect my heart, but the trading deadline is closing in. When Cole reveals the dirty truth about the trade, I can’t let the league rip us apart.

Do I save my career…or do I protect a man who deserves a happily ever after?

Goodreads | Amazon

City of Skies (THE VIKING ASSASSIN SERIES Book 1) by Farah Cook

Nora Hunt has just joined the deadly quest to discover the ancient legend of the nine worlds of the Vikings. Her post-apocalyptic dystopian world, Triangle of Peace, is the only home she’s ever known. But at sixteen years old, the skilled young warrior joins an elite band of raiders called Jarls. Her mission? Merely to win the perilous battle for the artifacts that awakens the Viking realms and avoid falling in love with the charming boy who just happens to be her worst enemy…and she’s not quite sure which task is more difficult… But when Nora learns the Norse gods bestowed her with a mystical secret tattooed on her back the stakes are higher than ever to claim the great Viking Empires.

Experience the beginning of this fast paced fantasy saga that will have you turning the pages. If you are a fan of Divergent, The Hunger Games and Cassandra Clare you will enjoy this series.

Goodreads | Amazon

When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) by J.H. Croix

A poignant, sexy and heartwarming love story set against the stark beauty of Alaska. After a few years away, Hannah Gray returns home to Diamond Creek, Alaska. Once wild and impulsive, she shut her heart off to love and adventure after her parents died. Hannah hopes to rebuild her life and find joy again.

Burned once before, Luke Winters has committed himself to nothing but casual dalliances with women. Rugged and sexy, Luke finds no shortage of women happy to oblige.

When Hannah and Luke meet, their attraction is instant. Both fight the depth of their feelings—love is not part of the plan.

Hannah’s sense of identity is shaken when she unearths a surprising truth about her family. Meanwhile, Luke’s interfering family and complications from his past challenge Hannah and Luke to face their true feelings for each other.

Goodreads | Amazon

Charmed by the Bartender (Modern Love Book 1) by Piper Rayne

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look… you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack… when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

Audiobooks

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These two books were hauls from Audible’s 2-for-1 Holiday sale!

Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

All Lined Up (Rusk University, Book 1) by Cora Carmack

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

 

Physical Books

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I visited my parents over the holiday and, of course, had to visit their library. (It’s amazing). While I was there, I browsed the library bookstore and picked up these for under $5 total.

Vain (The Complete Series) by Deborah Bladon

Part one:

Sex.

That’s all Noah Foster wanted when Alexa Jackson showed up at his apartment.

After returning from a semester in Paris, Alexa is back in her hometown of Boston and looking for anything but the drama that surrounds Noah. He’s intense, gifted, famous and a bastard through and through.

Alexa doesn’t take life too seriously. Noah doesn’t do calm and easygoing.

Their unexpected meeting sets them both on a course towards an unlikely connection. As Noah embarks on a journey to teach school teacher Alexa the ways of his dark and mysterious world, she’s fighting her own demons and the memory of a stranger in Paris.

When Alexa’s past suddenly becomes her present, she’s forced to face the reality of whether the passionate moments she’s spent in Noah’s arms, in his bed, and in his life mean anything to him, or has it all been in vain?

Part Two:

Posing nude for the illustrious Noah Foster seemed like an exciting escape from Alexa’s life. No one was supposed to find out, but when the one man who owned her heart, discovers her secret, everything changes. Alexa is not only caught in a compromising position but in a situation in which her past and present collide.

Determined to build a future for herself, she takes on the dual task of focusing on her career and burying her past regrets. It’s never that easy though, and Noah Foster doesn’t give up when he sets his sight on something or someone.

As Alexa chases after her own dreams, both men in her life pursue her in a reckless fight to the emotional finish.

When one man offers her a proposal almost too tempting to resist, she makes a decision that brings her face-to-face with an unexpected reality.

Part Three:

Alexa Jackson was falling hard and fast for Noah Foster. The world renowned photographer had woven a path straight into her heart. He offered her another chance at love and she offered him the path to a world that he no longer believed existed for him.

That all ground to a startling halt when Alexa came face-to-face with Noah’s past. Not everything is as it seems and as he helps her piece together the puzzles that exist within his world, they both realize that their needs might not match what’s best for either of them.

As Alexa begins a new life away from Noah, she’s faced with new opportunity, past reminders and an uncertain future.

He can’t face what’s happened to him. She can’t face a life without him. Will they finally discover a way to help one another find love again?

Goodreads | Amazon

Gone (The Complete Series) by Deborah Bladon

The first part of GONE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon.

Sending a half-naked picture to a stranger she met online, seems innocent and fun to Lilly Randall. After spending the past four years working towards an honors degree, she needs a distraction and flirting with a man she doesn’t know can’t hurt, right?

Clive Parker is the one man who holds all of Lilly’s dreams in the palm of his hand. He’s the CEO of one of the world’s largest technology firms. When her picture ends up in his pocket, her future will never be the same again.

She wants him to see her potential. He questions her motives. Neither can deny the unexpected attraction that exists between them.

When Clive’s doubts begin to push them apart, Lilly is forced to face the reality that nothing in life is guaranteed and in the blink of an eye, everything you value can be gone.

The second part of GONE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon.

Lilly Randall had finally landed the job of her dreams. She couldn’t have imagined that when she started working for Clive Parker at Corteck, that she’d end up in his bed.

Just as she was moving towards a bright future, the man she was falling hard for made a choice that would change their connection forever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Lilly sets out on a new path towards fulfillment. Convinced that she can build a life without Clive, she makes decisions that will have far reaching consequences.

He wants her to understand his motivations. She wants him to accept their reality.

When things finally make sense to them both, the past appears and everything they’ve worked so hard to attain is stolen away in an instant.

The final part of GONE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon.

Lilly Randall had overcome a past filled with heartache and loss. She’d moved to Manhattan and was building a new and exciting life for herself. She was falling hard and fast for Clive Parker and now that she had a dream job, everything was exactly as it should be.

When her past showed up to taunt her, the reality she thought she knew was suddenly stripped away.

It’s hard for Lilly to know who to trust when the one and only person who promised to protect her, can’t give her the simple answers she needs.

Believing in Clive may be impossible and when the choice comes down to investing in him or herself, Lilly makes the only choice she can.

Goodreads | Amazon

Rise (The Complete Series) by Deborah Bladon

The first part of RISE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon.

When Tess Marlow comes face-to-face with a handsome pilot she has no idea that he’s already had a very personal glimpse into her past. She’s stunned when he approaches her while she’s working as an event planner at a lingerie show. She brushes him off, but is pushing him away, what she actually wants?

Landon Beckett can’t get a woman from a flight he piloted out of his mind. She’s been haunting his thoughts since she grabbed hold of him thirty thousand feet in the air. When he sees her again, he’s determined to return something that belongs to her.

She wants to start her life over. He wants to forget a day that changed his life forever. Together they find something in each other they never realized they needed.

When they finally decide to only see each other, Tess steps into a secret world that changes everything between them. Can they rise above the demons that Landon holds close or will his past alter the course of both of their lives in ways neither ever imagined?

The second part of RISE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon.

Tess Marlow has finally started her new life in New York City. She’s found success with her event planning business and as she’s let go of her past with her ex-boyfriend, she’s found comfort and excitement in the arms of Captain Landon Beckett, an airline pilot.

Just as they begin to test the waters of their new relationship, someone from Landon’s past reappears and it changes everything. Tess wants to believe in Landon and as he confides in her, their bond only increases.

He supports her in every way and as she focuses on her business, he picks up the pieces of the painful past that his family must now face. He’s there for his mother, and his brother, in a way that Tess admires. He’s everything she’s ever wanted.

With the acceptance of Landon’s past, Tess is forced to face her own family’s demons. Nothing can prepare her for the shocking discovery of the bond between her and Landon that she never knew existed.

The final part of RISE, a three-part series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deborah Bladon

Tess Marlow had created a new and fulfilling life for herself in Manhattan. After walking away from a long term relationship she was determined to launch a successful event planning business. When she met Landon Beckett, an airline pilot, she thought her life was perfect.

Everything changes when Tess discovers that her father isn’t the man she believes he is. His past associations call everything into question.

It’s impossible for Tess to know who to turn to. The only two men she’s ever trusted are both connected to the one person who has changed all of their lives forever.

As Tess sets out on a journey of discovery, she’s forced to face her deepest fears. Can she ever truly find happiness with a man whose own past haunts her own?

Goodreads | Amazon

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Goodreads | Amazon

 

These next books I picked up at the Books-a-Million post-holiday sale. Bargain books were buy 2 get 1 free!

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Passenger (Passenger #1)by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Goodreads | Amazon | Books-a-Million

 

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

Goodreads | Amazon | Books-a-Million

 

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Goodreads | Amazon | Books-a-Million

 

What are some books you picked up lately?

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Haul: 1.7.18

    1. Oo that makes me excited to read it! I actually accidentally bought the second book in that series first, so I had to grab the first one when I saw it was on sale!

      OMG The Free Book Trap is so real and I’ve fallen in so deep!

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