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VBB Weekly – 08.03.2015

VBB WEEKLY BANNER This week I finished Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino, which is my MUST READ of the week! This book is coming August 18th, and you guys, YOU MUST read this novel! It’s a gripping second chance romance with all the feels, but with that unique Renee Carlino stamp on it. It’s one of my favorite books of the summer! I’ve also received some killer ARCs lately and I’m starting to prepare for one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. So as soon as I’m done listening to The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (suspense), I’ll start a re-listening of Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series, to prepare for jumping into Queen of Shadows. And speaking of most-anticipated reads, I just published a post on my own list of books I’m just dying to read!!! Check it out and maybe you’ll find a new story to anticipate and pre-order!!! DYING TO READ Happy reading! ♥

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Love and Always (#1.5, A Pound of Flesh) by Sophie Jackson (Available Now) ★ VBB Series Recommendation ★ Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, in this e-novella of love and redemption in the sensational A Pound of Flesh series. When prison tutor Kat Lane met arrogant inmate Wesley Carter in A Pound of Flesh, it was hate at first sight. Carter’s quick wit and reputation for being as dangerous as he was handsome kept her at a distance. But as they grew to know each other as teacher and student in the New York prison, Kat found there was much more to Carter than she thought. Novella in a continuing series. Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh (Review) | Love & Always | An Ounce of Hope

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Indulge by Georgia Cates (Available Now) Read an prologue + chapter 1  99¢

From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best-selling author, Georgia Cates, comes a steamy new standalone novel. Beau Emerson is no gentleman. Those hazel eyes. That filthy mouth. That greedy, hard body. It all equates to one thing. Irresistible. One look and I know he’ll bruise my lips and scar my knees. He’ll give me the best nine days of my life while ruining me in the most beautiful way imaginable. And I’ll let him because he has the power to talk me into anything. Except one thing. Staying. I have no choice. The things I desire from him will destroy me in the end. I want more than he’s capable of giving––something true and beautiful. He can never know how much of me belongs to him. Too much is at stake. Shh … don’t tell him he’s my everything. My name is Anna James Bennett. And this is our story. Standalone novel.

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Dare to Rock (Dare to Love) by Carly Phillips (Aug 04) Dare to RockAvery Dare lives a quiet life in Miami as an online fashion/makeup video blogger. She has good friends, a close, large family and if her love life is lacking, she likes it that way. But when she receives an invitation to one of her ex’s concerts along with an invitation to meet him back stage, she decides to take the risk… and comes face to face with the reality of his rock star lifestyle – the press, the crowds, and the half naked groupies. At eighteen, Grey Kingston left everything he knew and loved behind to seek fame and fortune as a rock star, and he found it as the lead guitarist and singer for the band, Tangled Royal. Fans adore him, women throw themselves at him, and he can afford everything he couldn’t growing up. Yet at the height of his career, he’s ready to walk away and return home to a simpler life… and the woman he left behind, if he can convince her to give him another chance. Except moving on isn’t as easy as Grey would like. When Avery is threatened by a stalker, it becomes evident Grey’s fans not only don’t want him to retire, they don’t want Avery in his life either. And Avery isn’t sure she wants the pressures that are part of Grey’s life… but she doesn’t want to lose him again, either. Can their recently renewed love survive the fallout?

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The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar (Aug 04) Watch the trailer ★ VBB Recommendation ★ They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days she held on. But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves. A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. Standalone novel. Read my review.

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Kick, Push by Jay McLean (Aug 04) There’s a single defining moment within every skater. It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good. Three if you’re really good. It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you. It’s the feeling of being airborne. The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world. Then at seventeen, I had my son. And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us. Seventeen. Single. Dad. That’s what my life became. Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne. Or at least I convinced myself I did. But I lied–to myself and to everyone around me. Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds. You know what sucks about being in the air? Coming down from the high. Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick. Then kick, push, and coast away. Other times you fall. You fall hard. And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again. Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug… And you become her poison.

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Losing Control (#1, Kerr Chronicles) by Jen Frederick (Aug 04) Welcome to a world few people know. A world where the hottest bedroom desires become a reality and where good girls like Victoria “Tiny” Corielli shed their sweetness for carnal, bad-girl pleasures. Victoria nurses her mother through cancer treatments and works long hours as a New York City bike courier to pay for the roof over their heads. When a suspiciously high-paying delivery job thrusts her into the arms of impossibly attractive businessman Ian Kerr, Victoria is sorely tempted to enjoy his attentions and his chiseled body, if only to forget her responsibilities for a while…no matter the cost. Kerr seems to have it all: money, power, and charisma to spare. What he doesn’t have: revenge on an old nemesis, but he intends to get it. Kerr is prepared to cast innocent Victoria as the lure in his vengeful plot. Yet the more they explore midtown Manhattan—and each other—the more she means to Ian. Will it be too late for him to stop the dangerous plan he’s already put into motion? Reading OrderLosing Control | Taking Control

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Taking Control (#2, Kerr Chronicles) by Jen Frederick (Aug 04) In their secret world, unspoken wishes for pleasure come true…and the allure of glamour and passion can easily disguise a deadly secret. After a tumultuous riches-to-rags childhood, Ian Kerr decided to spend his life focused on making money—and it’s paid off. Then he meets sassy, smart-mouthed bike messenger Victoria “Tiny” Corielli, and he wants nothing more than to introduce her to his world of elite luxury…and enticing desire. But a businessman as ruthless as Ian always has enemies lurking in the shadows—the kind of enemies who violently claimed his parents and are willing to use Victoria as a pawn in their deadly game. Plucked from her lowly walk-up apartment and financial struggles into a glittering world of wealth and privilege, Victoria is almost overwhelmed…and almost delirious with insatiable desire for Ian. Then sensuality turns to serious peril as Ian’s rivals—and the people Victoria thought she could trust—close in, putting her in jeopardy. Torn between the temptation of carnal passion and the terror of unfathomable danger, she discovers that the dark side of suddenly having it all is knowing you could lose everything. Reading OrderLosing Control | Taking Control

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Omega by Jasinda Wilder (Aug 04) When you make an enemy of a man like Vitaly Karahalios, there is nowhere on earth you can go to escape his wrath. He’ll find you. He found me, he found Roth. He found Layla. He found us, and now the unthinkable has happened. Someone I love has been kidnapped. Again. This isn’t a fairy tale. Not everyone will get a happily ever after. Sometimes we can’t just walk away from the past. Love doesn’t always save the day. The beast won’t always get his beauty. But maybe, just maybe we can get our happy ending. Conclusion in a trilogy. Reading Order: Alpha FREE | Beta | Omega

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Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles) by Amanda Hocking (Aug 04)  Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she’s the Kanin people’s only hope. Bryn Aven-unjustly charged with murder and treason-is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him? As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same… Third book in series. Reading Order: Frostfire | IceKissedCrystal Kingdom

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Trapped (#2, Caged) by Shay Savage (Aug 04) Bizarre rituals on a remote island in Maine. My crazy neighbor lying naked in the produce section of a grocery store. The sting of a knife as it slices through my flesh. Now I know why they say life is never easy. The soft touch of Tria’s hand against my chest is the only thing that keeps me going, but there are consequences. As a fighter, I should be able to deal with anything life throws at me, but there is one circumstance I simply can’t handle. I only have one coping mechanism: a tube around my arm and a needle in my vein. Second book in series. Reading OrderCaged: Takedown TeagueTrapped | Released

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Strong Enough by M. Leighton (Aug 04) From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the first in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.  Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?  How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing. That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently. Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

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Three Little Mistakes (#3, The Blindfold Club) by Nikki Sloane (Aug 05) I sell sex, sin, and pleasure, but it isn’t just my business, it’s my entire life. I get off on the power of controlling it all. She’s the one woman I can’t have. She threatens everything, and yet I can’t stay away. There’s a beautiful, sexual creature inside this timid girl that’s desperate to claw its way out. I’m going to set it free, even if it brings my empire tumbling down. I have to believe she’ll be worth all the little mistakes I’ve made. Can be read as a standalone novel. Reading Order: Three Simple Rules | Three Hard LessonsThree Little Mistakes

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The Year I Became Isabella Anders by Jessica Sorensen (Aug 06)  Isabella Anders has always been the girl that never fit in. Most days she feels invisible, especially when she’s around her older sister, Hannah, who catches the eye of everyone, including Kai and Kyler, the boys who live next door. Isabella has had a crush on Kyler for years, but knows he’ll never see her as anything more than Hannah’s little sister, unless she finds a way to standout. When Isabella gets an offer from her grandmother to travel overseas for the summer, she seizes the opportunity, hoping she’ll discover more about herself. And she does, but not in the way that she expected. Three months later, Isabella returns home an entirely new person. The change is enough to catch both Kyler and Kai’s attention. But Isabella is still struggling with what she discovered over the summer and until she deals with the truth, she’ll never truly be herself. Standalone YA romance.

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Flame (#2, Fire on the Mountain) by Erin Noelle (Aug 06)  I’m soaring. After years of hard work and determination, I am exactly where I want to be in life. As the top ranked Freestyle Motocross rider in the world, I have more money than I could ever dream of spending and gorgeous women throwing themselves at me in every city I land. I have everything I could ever want. Everything except her. While in Breckenridge for my best friend’s wedding, I was introduced to Dakota Shavell, a friend of the bride-to-be, and from the moment our blue gazes met, sparks flew. What I initially intended to be a single steamy night together turned into a scorching two week road trip to New Orleans with a sassy-mouthed blonde. Being between her legs gave me a bigger adrenaline rush than I’d ever gotten from flying through the air while straddling a bike. It was supposed to just be fun, a good time. I planned to walk away unchanged. But it was more. Feelings I never intended to have got involved, and I’ll never be the same. Yet, I still walked away. Except now I’m injured and my outlook has changed. Priorities have become clear. And I’m going back to reclaim her…to show her that together we can make the fire between us burst into flames. Can be read as a standalone novel. Reading Order: Spark 99¢Flame

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