Review: One More Chance (Chance #2) by Abbi Glines

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 3:27 PM
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Title: One More Chance
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Chance #2

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.
Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...
But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
“Love shouldn't make our choices for us, it should just add importance to our choices.”
When I first read take a chance, I was very disappointed by both the book and Grant. Grant was such a weak character and not the hero I expected to see. But after finishing One more chance, my opinion towards Grant has changed. I was really excited when I found out that Grant is getting a book but even now that I have finished his story, I can’t say that he’s my favourite. I’m really glad though, that Abbi managed to redeem him to my eyes.

Grant knows that he overreacted over Harlow’s secret and he’s determined to win her back. He can’t imagine a life without her. He’ll do anything in his power to get her back. If she wants him back, that is!

Harlow is miserable without Grant. She misses him too much but things are more complicated now. You see Harlow has one more secret, a secret that could destroy everything they have built. Is Grant willing to take this chance? Is he willing to risk everything he loves?

I was really impressed by Harlow’s strength. She believed that Grant made her stronger but in my opinion it was her determination that helped her survive. Grant wasn’t much understanding but in the end Harlow was so adamant to go through with her decision, that he couldn’t but support her.

What I really loved seeing was all the love and support Harlow got from her family, especially her brother, Mase. Mase was actually one of the main reasons I read this book. I can’t wait to read his own story. Nan, whom I don’t quite love, was surprisingly amiable enough in this book. She acted as if she profoundly cared about Harlow, especially in the end when she tried to help any way she could. I’m not saying that I’ve forgotten everything she’s done but I believe that she deserves a second chance.

Grant and Harlow’s story, was a bittersweet one. Everything and everyone was tested in the book. I believe that it wasn’t only Grant who got a second chance but Harlow and Nan as well. So if you have any doubts about reading this book, Stop! This book is nothing like the previous one.

Totally recommended!
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Sofia T.

LIFE OF A BLOGGER #10 Origin of your name

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:26 PM
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Welcome to Life of a Blogger, a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeats! This is where you get the chance to know the blogger behind the blog, aka: What we do when we’re not blogging! Every week there will be a new topic; mainly non-bookish, where I’ll share a little bit of life with you guys..

This week's topic is Origin of your name

So, my name is Sofia (in case you didn't know)


What Google says:
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred.

Also:
People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.
People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optomistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.
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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #14 Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:41 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Compulsion
Author: Martina Boone

Expected publication: October 28th 2014

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Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
What are you waiting on Wednesday???
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TOP TEN TUESDAY #12 Top New Series I Want To Start

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:10 PM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Top New Series I Want To Start 

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Soooo many wonderful series!!! I wish I had them but...

What series do you want to start this year???
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ARC Review: Dangerous Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City #4) by Katie Reus

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 3:07 PM
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Title: Dangerous Surrender
Author: Katie Reus
Series: The Serafina: Sin City #4

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A cold-blooded killer wants her dead.
After her friend is murdered right before her eyes, Taylor uses her wits to escape with just a bullet wound, thankful to be alive. But now the killer isn’t the only one after her—the cops are, too, and Taylor’s not sure she can trust them—or anybody else in her life in California. She decides to turn to her old friend in Vegas, racing there with just the clothes on her back, only to arrive and realize he’s off on his honeymoon. Desperate, she breaks in and crashes.
A former Marine is determined to protect her.
When former Marine Roman MacNeil finds a gorgeous stranger unconscious and bleeding in his friend’s shower, his first thought is to help her . . . until she tries to knock him out with a vodka bottle. Lucky for Taylor, Roman isn’t a man who goes down easily. When he realizes the trouble she’s in, he’s determined to protect her—whatever it takes. As they’re thrust into a deadly situation they discover an attraction they never bargained for. But a determined killer is closing in, and time may be running out.

Dangerous Surrender is the fourth instalment in the The Serafina: Sin City series by Katie Reus. This book tells the story of Taylor, one of Vadim's friends and Roman, a former marine.

After witnessing the murder of her boss and almost been shot, Taylor runs to the only place she knows she'll be safe, Vadim's house. But what Taylor doesn't realise is that Vadim hasn't returned from his honeymoon yet. ..

Roman knows Vadim well. So, when he sees a strange car in his garage, he knows he must take some action. But what he finds is far from what he expected. When Roman first meets Taylor, she's naked and bleeding on his friend's bathroom and as if everthing wasn't already bad, he thinks she's a thief. When Taylor wakes up in Vadim's bathroom and realises she's not alone, she tries to get away from the "intruder" by throwing a bottle of vodka at him. Roman is beyond shocked by this woman's actions and at the same time intrigued by her but he is no fool. After a short call to Vadim, both Taylor and Roman realise their mistake and Roman knows he must help Taylor survive form the man who killed her boss.

But things soon get more complicated as Roman realises that they've been found. Trying to escape from the danger that's looming, Roman and Taylor must work together in order to eliminate the threat. What they don't know though, is that the danger is closer than they think...

I really loved this one. This is actually the first book that I'm not going to complain about the length. I loved the story and the author managed to keep the plot interesting. We got to see not only Taylor and Roman's point of views but the villain's as well. The characters were well developed (considering this is a novella) and the book had a nice flow. Never once was I bored or got lost. This is a true Katie Reus book.

Filled with romance, suspense, sexy ex-marines and the Sin city, Dangerous surrender will surely capture your attention.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series. The only question I have is: Who's next?

Totally recommended!!!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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STACKING THE SHELVES #13

Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:53 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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Books I loved:

 


 

What did you read this week???
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book blitz, excerpt & Giveaway: Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1) by Kate Avery Ellison

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:11 PM
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Title: Frost
Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Series: The Frost Chronicles #1
Publication date: March 28th 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

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In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone.
After monsters kill her parents, Lia must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Excerpt  

She appeared out of the shadows suddenly. Her cheeks were bitten red with cold and her long dark hair was wet with melting ice. She stumbled, grabbed my hands. Her mittens were missing. “Hurry,” she breathed, tugging at me. “Quickly.”

“Ivy Augusta Weaver,” I hissed, torn between joyful relief and flickering anger. “It’s almost night time. There is a storm coming. What were you thinking? Where have you been?”

“There is a boy,” she panted, ignoring my scolding. “In the woods.”

“What?” 

But she was already plunging deeper into the forest, and I had no choice but to follow her, a new worry filling my mind and replacing the short-lived relief I’d felt. A boy in the woods? Who had gotten himself lost in the woods at a time like this? One of the farmers’ sons, perhaps?

We were the last farm in the Frost. There was nothing beyond us to the north but the Empty, and to the south there was only the Farther World. What was anybody doing at the edge of that?

Ivy and I continued into the forest. We ducked around branches and scrambled over icy roots. The shadows were thick, and they painted our cloaks a deep indigo. 

Ivy reached a giant rock at the mouth of a clearing and stopped. “There,” she said, pointing with a trembling hand.

I could just make out the crumpled form. In my anxiety, I saw only isolated details. A thin, wet shirt, a pair of shoulders, a face almost hidden by the snow. I took a step forward, trying to place the face...and then I saw the sharp features, the dark hair, the slightly tanned tone of the skin. I halted as my blood turned stone-cold. Time became protracted and dense, like swimming underwater. Sound was muffled. My chest felt tight.

You must be strong, Lia. My mother’s voice rang in my head. I remembered her wind-weathered face, her chapped hands gripping mine, her earnest eyes as they scoured my face for weakness. There could be no weakness here in the Frost, where we clung to life between the mountains as desperately as a drowning man clings to a stone.

“He’s not one of ours,” I said, turning to her with sudden fierceness. “Ivy...”

“He’s hurt,” she said.

“Don’t you understand?”

She just looked at me. I drew in a deep breath. 

“That is a Farther.”

Ivy’s eyes widened a fraction at my harsh words. The wind blew between us, spraying ice against our faces. She blinked. I didn’t.

“A...a Farther?”

Of course she knew what that was—every person in our village knew who the Farthers were, even those who’d never caught a glimpse of them across the river. We barely ever spoke of them, but they inhabited everyone’s nightmares all the same.

I nodded curtly.

Ivy struggled to understand what I was implying. “But he’s hurt,” she managed, as if that was the only concern. “And it’s getting dark.”

“We must protect ourselves,” I said.

Ivy swallowed hard.

I glared at her. “No.”

She looked back at the figure lying in the snow. I glanced at the sky again, trying to calculate how much time we had left before the sun sunk completely behind the trees, and we were no longer safe from the things that prowled in the darkness. The Watchers never moved across our yards or around the town perimeter during the sunlight hours, but some had reported seeing them during the narrow span of twilight that joined the day and the night, and it was rumored that they wandered freely in the deep of the forests even during the day.

The wind howled through the trees and tugged at my cloak. Snow fell sideways.

“But he’s hurt,” Ivy whispered again, breaking into my thoughts.

I closed my eyes briefly. My sister was the kind of person who brought home baby birds who’d fallen from their nests and raccoons with thorns in their paws. But we couldn’t simply take a Farther and bandage him up like a lost puppy. “The Elders say—”

“I know they’re dangerous. I know what the Elders say.” Ivy’s voice was as brittle as ice. “But are you telling me you’re going to leave him out here to die? After what happened to Ma and Da?”

I bit my lip so hard I tasted blood. Ivy looked at me with her big brown eyes and the fear in my gut snarled. What would the villagers say? This is dangerous, my mind screamed at me. This will endanger the family!

The figure in the snow stirred. “Please,” he whispered, his voice just a hiss.

I stepped to his side, crouching down to touch his face. His eyes opened a crack, and then...

He looked at me.

I felt hollowed out and filled up again as our gazes collided—mine and this Farther from beyond the edge of my world—and then his eyes shut as he passed out again, and I was released from the spell of them. I stepped back quickly, but the damage was already done. There was already an ache in my chest from the knowledge of what we were about to do.

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I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats. When I'm not writing, I'm usually catching up on my extensive Netflix queue, reading a book, giggling at something funny online, or trying to convince my husband to give me just ONE bite of whatever he's eating.

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