Kiss Me That Way by @LauraTrentham Book Tour

KISS ME THAT WAY
Cottonbloom #1
Laura Trentham
Releasing May 31st, 2016
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
A river divides Cottonbloom in two:
the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble
side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like
love…
Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to
raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked
back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost
the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only
weak spot: the girl he left behind…

Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her
from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that,
on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of
her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and
it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return
back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore
their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once
more?

 
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Don’t miss the next Cottonbloom romance 
coming June 2016
An award-winning
author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in
Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was
convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most
logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed
boots for several years.
 
She
writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The
first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book
Reviews magazine. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England,
she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt.
Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as large as the to-be-read pile of
books on her nightstand.

 

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Chicago P.D.: 3×23 – Start Digging

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So Voight has gone back over to the dark side.  Drat.

What was even more disappointing to me than that though is the fact that Brian Geraghty is leaving the show and therefore no more Roman/Burgess!  But, but, but we only got to enjoy them together a short time and I much preferred them to Ruzek/Burgess who are now probably going to get back together at some stage.

Overall it’s been another strong season for the show, helped all the more from my POV because Halstead/Lindsay are back together and I hear there’s promising things install for them next season.

That Time I Met @ericcolsen & @DanielaRuah from NCIS:LA @MCMComicCon

So on Saturday I attended my first ever ComicCon/convention to see Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah.

Needless to say there was a LOT of queuing for everything (apart from the toilets oddly enough) but it was totally worth it.

The photoshoot was a bit of a blur but I remember Eric saying his name in introduction and me kind of going into shock before responding.  The fact that Daniela pulled a funny pose didn’t even register until I saw the photo!

At the autograph stand I asked Eric whether we were ever going to find what is in the box and he wrote on my autograph “What’s in the box?  Love is …”  🙂  I asked Daniela the same thing and she said that her boss won’t even tell her and that she thinks it was  a puppy which is now a dead puppy.  Even though the signs said “no selfies” and there was a strict man on patrol, I asked and got selfies with both of them. The one with Eric came out really blurry probably because my hand was shaking so I got Daniela to take the one with her and that came out nice.

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They seemed really happy to be there meeting fans, Daniela especially.  She was so full of energy and really positive despite being pregnant.

The panel was really funny – they are just like their characters in real life with all the banter and teasing.  They answered questions about their interviews for the show, the importance of the show as they always catch the bad guys, what it’s like making out with each other, the prank Daniela pulled on Eric on his first day, their favourite stunts,  and the fact that they hope that no matter what happens Deeks and Kensi stay together as they are made for each other and they are both invested in their happiness (plus some other random questions).  Daniela confirmed that she has a general idea of how her maternity leave is going to be written into the show, that there is going to be the chance for some great character work but that the pregnancy is not going to be written into the show.

I also stopped by to get Amanda Righetti’s autograph as I loved The Mentalist.  She was really quiet, don’t know if she felt a bit intimidated that everyone else had really long queues for their autographs and she was just sitting there waiting for someone to come along.

I had such a great time.  Eric and Daniela really are just as awesome and friendly as they appear on screen and in interviews and really really appreciative of their fans.

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See more photos of the NCIS LA to Washington panel on my Flickr!

And some videos below:

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Daniela talks about her audition for NCIS:LA:

Daniela and Eric talk about having to make out on screen despite being in-laws:

Daniela and Eric talk about the prank she pulled on him on his first day:

Daniela talks about how what TPTB are going to do with her pregnancy on the show (and mentions the box!):

 

May the Best Man Win (The Best Men #1) by @MiraLynKelly

May the Best Man WinARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Trope: Enemies turned lovers turned friends turned lovers

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: Jase and Emily light the pages on fire with their chemistry

Review: HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so much UST between the characters. The first half of the book was just full of lust-covered hatred and jibes and UNRESOLVED SEXUAL TENSION. And then when the sexual tension was resolved? CRAZY HOT SEX SCENES.

But let’s rewind back to the beginning. Meet Jase and Emily. They have a RIDICULOUS number of mutual friends. Seriously, before you get through the first third of the book the author is going to make you feel like you have an inadequate social life because there is no way normal people have that big of a social circle……. right? Anyway, as you can imagine Jase and Emily keep running into each other at weddings and because of a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING when they were at school together (cue delicious backstory and character layers being peeled back), they hate each other. But secretly lust after each other. Then not quite so secretly lust each other.

The way the book is structured is very much around Jase/Emily’s Mira Lyn Kelly - Jaseencounters and each chapter is pretty much a new month, a new wedding or a new run-in so you don’t get any of the filler stuff that takes up all the room, everything you get is important relationship development. It has been a long time since I read a romance which would be so amazing if it was turned into the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Seriously, I can picture it in my head: imagine the set-up of 27 Dresses but take out the mildly irritating Katherine Heigl and replace it was the wonderful UST and chemistry of Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas’s characters from Sweet Home Alabama. If a Hollywood producer happens to be reading this and umming and ahhing about which book to adapt into a film next (since when was the last time Hollywood produced anything original?!) then let me make clear a future romcom blockbuster is sitting right here!

In case you’re still wondering about how I feel about this book, *spoiler alert*, I LOVED IT. It hit all the right notes for me with the UST, the relationship progressing (and regressing) at just the right speed, some likeable secondary characters and of course a happy ever after.

I loved the way the book ends with an epilogue from Max’s POV thereby revealing to us that his book is up next. I can’t wait to find out what is in store for him and Brody but most importantly, GIVE ME SEAN/MOLLY’S BOOK NOW!!!!!! Thanks.

Nothing Short of Dying (Clyde Barr #1) by @ErikStorey

Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr thrillerARC received from: Goodreads

Rating: 5*

One-Sentence Summary: Clyde Barr will stop at nothing to rescue his sister

Review: Very seldom do I come across a book so good that I will clear my entire day just to sit and read it in one go. This debut by Erik Storey was one of those!

This book is being sold as the “new Jack Reacher series” and it was very much in that vein, except with even more fights and gun battles (if that’s even possible!). It was non-stop action from start to finish with a few brief softer moments thrown in courtesy of a love interest of sorts.

One of the key differences between Clyde Barr and Jack Reacher is the fact that Barr still has living relatives and his relationship with his three sisters is key to this book. His whole mission is to rescue his sister Jen and throughout the book there are flashbacks to Barr and Jen’s childhood which helps explain why Barr is the way he is.

With Barr’s sisters, his murky job history and his time in prison, there is plenty of material here for hopefully a long and successful thriller series. I can’t wait to read the next one.

OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (20/52)

One of my most played songs from recent years is OneRepublic’s Preacher.  I can’t tell you how many times I listened to that song in 2013/2014, I was addicted!

This week I heard OneRepublic’s latest offering and from the first watch of the crazy video I had it stuck in my head.  It’s insanely catchy and makes you want to dance in your seat every time you hear it.

I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

Chicago Med: 1×18 – Timing

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I’m not going to lie – I was a tad disappointed with this finale.

It seemed like nothing much happened except manoeuvring another roadblock between Will and Natalie.  I have shipped them since the first episode but I knew the moment when we had Will kiss her and declare his feelings that TPTB were moving them too fast and there wouldn’t be a happy resolution any time soon.  I wanted at least a whole season of Will pining for her and then maybe Natalie finding out about his feelings at the end of the season.  When that didn’t happen I wanted Will to take the job in California and then have Natalie realise how much she needs/misses him.  Alas it wasn’t to be.

The end of the Downey/Rhodes storyline was as expected, Choi/the parrot was cute and I feel mildly sorry for April and Goodwin given their respective bad news.  Overall though it wasn’t a strong end to the season.

Grey’s Anatomy: 12×24 – Family Affair

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I can’t believe it!  A Grey’s Anatomy finale where no one died and there were no real cliffhangers (apart from emotional ones ….) and which ended on a generally positive note! Wow.  Wasn’t expecting that.

I ended the season the way I started with Meredith being the only character I really truly care about.  I love her friendship with Alex.  I don’t have any feelings about her and Riggs apart from the fact that their banter was kind of cute but I know it’s going to end up with more drama, first because of Maggie’s confession but more importantly because I am sure Owen’s sister is going to show up next season and Riggs will have to choose between her and Meredith.

I really don’t have any other investment in the other relationships: I liked the Amelia scenes in this episode mainly for the way Meredith was awesome with her and agreed to be her twisted sister.  I’m glad that the Warren arc has gone full circle and that Jackson and April’s baby is okay.  I saw that Jo storyline coming a mile off and as soon as Deluca entered the bar I knew that it would end up with Alex walking in on him and Jo in a seemingly comprising position.

And then Callie/Arizona …..  I loved them once upon a time and I suppose this was the nicest way they could have wrapped up their storyline.

I had read rumours about the likelihood of Sara Ramirez leaving the show a couple of weeks ago but kind of forgot about it until I finished watching this episode and read her statement.  I am sad for Arizona but I liked how they left Callie’s story open for maybe some guest star slots in the future.  This is probably the most lowkey leaving episode for a main character (well, apart from Teddy of course).

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster #2) by @RobertBryndza

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster, #2)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

One-Sentence Summary: Detective Erika Foster is back in action tracking down a serial killer in South East London

Review: I love the second book in a series– the first book lays all the groundwork with the characters, the setting and relationships so the second book always feels like you’re coming home to a familiar world but there still many layers of the main characters to peel back and discover. That’s the reason why I have no hesitation to say that I enjoyed this latest Detective Erika Foster offering even more than the first.

I go past those bits of the tracks just outside London Bridge twice a day on my commute to/from London and every time I see those houses mentioned in the opening of this book, I always wonder to myself who on earth would live there?! Definitely not me after reading this book! Is there anything scarier to coming home to realise that your sanctuary has been invaded and someone is waiting in the dark for you?

Bold move going against the “white, male” stereotype of serial killers and it worked well. The plot had me hooked from the beginning and even after it was revealed to the reader who the killer was, I was just as interested in finding out how Erika was going to catch them. The only loose end that I could see was that it was never really explained how the killer was finding out where all her victims lived, or more importantly Erika who I am guessing is definitely not in the phone book? I suppose the perp had some hidden hacking skills.

As to the ending, I was angry on Erika’s behalf at the way she was passed over for promotion and, dare I say it without sounding like a raging feminist, in real life it would probably have a lot to do with being a woman (and a foreigner to boot!)! I love the world created in Lewisham though and Erika’s friendship with Moss, Isaac and Petersen so whilst I’d like to see her start over in another station on principle, an ideal solution might have her moving somewhere else and then a case (Jerome Goodman?) brings her back? Which brings me onto wondering just how long we have to wait before Erika’s showdown with the man who killed her husband? Any clues Robert Bryndza?