On My Radar – The Last King by Katee Robert (16) {+ a giveaway}

On My Radar – The Last King by Katee Robert (16) {+ a giveaway}The Last King (The Kings, #1) by Katee Robert
Published by Forever
on April 3, 2018
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Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in Texas. But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert introduces a red-hot new series.

THE MAN SHE HATES TO LOVE

Beckett King just inherited his father's fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he's going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they've been rivals for years, there's no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

The rebel. That's how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he's absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can't help wondering if it's a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she'd mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.

Back at the end of January I came across a book on Netgalley that seems like it would be a fun read. I was a little leery because I had tried a different book by the same author and it wasn’t for me. But I downloaded it anyway and I was so happy I did. I ended up totally enjoying The Last King. So much in fact I made a fool of myself and went up to the author to tell her how much I enjoyed the book when I was at ApollyCon back in March.

It’s hard to pinpoint what I loved the most about this story. It could have been the romance (I seriously loved Beckett and Samara. They had amazing chemistry) or the thriller aspect. Whatever it was it all worked really well for me and I found myself pretty captivated by the whole book in general. They was just something that clicked for me and now I want it to click for you as well.

The publisher has kindly offered to allow me to give out two copies of The Last King by Katee Robert. This giveaway is opened to the US and Canada and will be shipped by the publisher so your address will be shared with them. Giveaway will go until May 6, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

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On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)

When I want to immerse myself in a romance book I often find myself skimming Amazon for a book that jumps out at me. Sometimes I just read a quick, fun, sexy read that I can read in a couple of hours and Amazon’s Romance section has yet to let me down. Well in early August I was in one of these moods and I was lucky enough to come across Morgan Young.

Who is Morgan Young you ask?

Morgan Young is a bestselling author who splits her time between Nashville and Phoenix, playing guitar and roasting alive. She is the author of over a dozen books, including the Small Town Sexy series, Nevada Falls, Stage Lights, and The Coffee Break-Up.

Since coming across this author I have read 5 different books. Some I have read in order (as they are a companion series) and some out of order. But no matter what they all have one thing in common, they are just really fun, quick & sexy reads. They characters have all had great chemistry and my only complaint was that I wanted the latest book, Hard to Find, to have been a full novel and not just 142 pages. That is a winner right there in my book.

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)Hard to Find by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
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Phoebe Banks is driven. She moved to small town Kansas to be closer to her brothers, and to open her own bar—a dream she's had for years. She doesn't have time for relationships.

But when Isaac, an incredibly sexy grad student, tosses out an unruly patron in her bar, Phoebe finds herself a bit distracted by his piercing blue eyes and bulging muscles. His shyness that doesn't seem to extend into the bedroom. The two can’t keep their hands off each other, and soon, Phoebe realizes she might just be falling in love for the first time.

As the semester ticks past, Isaac's family wants him to move home to Arizona. Phoebe's afraid she’s holding him back, but Isaac doesn’t agree. He’ll do everything he can to prove to her that what they have is real. And that kind of love is hard to find.

Also books you should check out by Morgan Young:

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)BEST BAD IDEA by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
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Ryerson Banks makes being bad feel so good.

When Cheyenne Winslow is introduced to Ryerson Banks at a backyard barbecue, her friend Zoey has one warning for her: Stay far away. Cheyenne's had a rough past, and Ryerson is a heartbreaker. A definite bad idea.

But Ryerson’s piercing brown eyes, bulging biceps, and lips that look ready to kiss her at any moment, are hard to resist. So when he comes by her room late that night, Cheyenne is more than grateful for his undivided attention between the sheets.

Their attraction is white hot, and soon, Cheyenne and Ryerson find their chemistry—in and out of the bedroom—is way too intense to ignore. Especially when heartbreaker Ryerson has clearly fallen in love.

Can Cheyenne get over her past so that Ryerson can be part of her future? Because even she has to admit… Ryerson Banks is the best bad idea she’s ever had.

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)Nevada Falls by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
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After a tragic car accident leaves tennis star Nevada Pierce’s hands horrifically scarred, and her father dead, life will never be the same. In a flash of screeching metal, her future was destroyed.

Now, two years later, Nevada is nothing like the girl she once was. The beautiful, athletic blonde hides behind outrageous pink hair, black clothes, and, of course, the gloves that cover her scars. She's pushed away her family and her ex-boyfriend, Becker, the captain of the lacrosse team.

But as Becker comes back into her life, Nevada finds herself vulnerable once again. Vulnerable to his charm. His smile. And his love.

In this heartfelt and steamy romance, Nevada will have to forgive herself to move on... and realize that the man she pushed away has never given up on her.

This author is currently on my radar and should be on yours too.

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On My Radar – More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (14)

If you couldn’t tell by lack of blog posts I was on staycation last week and I decided to put my blog on vacation for the week too. It was a nice break to just sit back and not have to do anything. I had hoped to get some reading done but I’m not going to lie, it didn’t really happen. I started 2 books and DNFed one and have only read 25% of another. I had big plans for reading but instead I met up with friends and watched a lot of Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares. What’s a kid to do.

There was one other book though that I did read and I read it in a 5 hour time span. I honestly don’t think I have ever read a book that quickly so it was definitely a first for me. But once I started on it I couldn’t stop. It broke my heart in a million ways and I cried a lot reading it but it was one of the best books I have read in a while. Sadly this book isn’t out until March but I want it to be on your radar and I want it to be on it now. What book is it you ask?

On My Radar – More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (14)More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury Children's
on March 6th 2018
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From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a heart-wrenching story of two teens with big secrets and a love that could set them free.

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

I have had the privileges of reading both Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer this year and they have both blown me away. They are both such emotionally uplifting books that will hurt but in the best of ways. I HIGHLY recommend reading this companion couple. I don’t think you will be sorry.

Have you read Letters to the Lost?

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On My Radar – Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren (13)

I admit I am far behind on this series. Ginger at GReads! bought me Sweet Filthy Boy for my birthday about 3 years ago (I think) and I never read it. She told me over and over again to read it because I would love it and I said I would and then got distracted by new shiny. Well this year I promised her I would read it over the summer and I did and I’m hooked on the series.

I read book 1 over a couple of days in late June and immediately requested book 2 from the library. Although I wasn’t crazy in love with Mia, I loved Ansel and all the friends that Mia and Ansel brought to the table. So when book 2, Dirty Rowdy Thing, came in from the library over the weekend I was thrilled. I read it yesterday and devoured the whole book instead of doing other things I needed to do. It was just that good. It was fun and sexy and the chemistry between Harlow and Finn was AMAZING!

Currently I am “patiently” waiting for book 3, Dark Wild Night, to arrive from the library, but until then I wanted to make sure you have these fun romance books on your radar or some summer beach/pool reading!

 

On My Radar – Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren (13)Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
on May 13th 2014
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One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

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On My Radar – Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren (13)Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
on November 4th 2014
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Librarian's Note: Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.

From the New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy - a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don't even like each other... which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she's too similar to the rugged fisherman - or just what he needs.

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On My Radar – Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren (13)Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
on September 15th 2015
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Librarian's Note: Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.But what didn't happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

... Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now ... and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life...

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On My Radar – Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren (13)Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
on February 2nd 2016
Goodreads

When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

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Have you read these books? Are they on your radar yet?

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)

It’s finally 90 in Boston…well for today and tomorrow anyway. And with 90s in June there is only one thing on my mind…July. July is one of my favorite months of the year. It is usually the tome when the weather is great and the books released are pretty fantastic and mostly quiet. There usually aren’t a ton of hype books released in July and that’s part of the reason I love books that come out then. You can find some great gems.

Currently there are 16 books on my TBR that are released in July, but I’m focusing on 6. Two of them I have read and gave 5 stars and the other 4 are ones I’m super excited for:

On My Radar – July Releases (12)Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
on July 4th 2017
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Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press
on July 11th 2017
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)Trust by Kylie Scott
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
on May 23rd 2017
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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen
on July 11th 2017
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Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened.

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)Who's That Girl by Blair Thornburgh
Published by HarperTeen
on July 11th 2017
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This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy.

Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her. But when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix—who has recently hit the mainstream big-time—returns home to play a local show, that’s just what she gets. He and his band, the Young Lungs, have written a chart-topping single—“Natalie”—which instantly makes Nattie second guess everything she thought about their awkward non-kiss at that June pool party. That it was horrific. That it meant nothing. That Sebastian never gave her another thought.

To help keep her mind off of Sebastian and his maybe-about-her, maybe-not-about-her song, Nattie throws herself into planning the school’s LGBTQIA dance. That proves problematic, too, when Nattie begins to develop feelings for her good friend Zach. With the song getting major airplay and her once-normal life starting to resemble the cover of a gossip magazine, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her brief moment with Sebastian was the stuff love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.

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On My Radar – July Releases (12)The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride
Published by Sky Pony Press
on July 4th 2017
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You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

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If you are looking for other books on my radar you can check out my July shelf on Goodreads HERE.

What’s on your radar in July? Are you excited for any of these?

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