Best and Worst (Or At Least Not So Great) Books of 2015

Hey, people!

Today’s post is my favorite posts to do at the end of the year, and I say that with this being the second year I get to do this… But I do always like to reflect on all the books I’ve read in a year and figure out which are my absolute favorites and which I could have done without. Seriously, I probably could have done without some of the ridiculously, outrageously outlandish books I read in 2015 but, eh, what can you do? Sometimes you have to get a few sour ones to really appreciate the sweet ones.

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Jay Crownover’s BUILT Review + Excerpt Tour! **Giveaway**

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review/Excerpt Tour for BUILT by Jay Crownover! BUILT is a Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 1st full-length novel in The Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her New York Times bestselling Marked Men Series. This amazing book releases on January 5th!

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Book Review: LEVELED by Jay Crownover

Genre: NA, Adult, Romance, MM Romance

Released on: November 2nd, 2015

Pages: 224

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Goodreads Summary:

We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.

An Avon Romance.

My Review:

This is a special review for me to be writing because this novella was my first MM romance! For those who don’t know, MM just means male male romance. So, if you decide that ain’t for you, don’t read.

I, however, have been getting nothing but MM romance recommendations from my friends for months now. But I kept putting them off because I KNEW Jay was writing an MM romance and I wanted hers to be the first I ever read. And let me tell you, it was so hard to stay away from other MM books. But I was determined. Because although Jay wasn’t the first adult or new adult romance I had read, her stories were the first romance books to really speak to me. Jay herself was the first author I talked to who made me feel like I could take on the world. Her books have a wonderful way of encouraging me to take risks, to let it ride, and see where life takes me by putting myself out there. And if you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Jay, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. So I wanted Jay to be the first author I read MM from. And I was so not disappointed.

Leveled is so rich with feels and the struggles of moving on. If you have read her Marked Men series (which you should before reading Leveled), then you know exactly what our main character is battling with. But the way Jay writes it, I felt so much for the main character. And so much of what Lando was thinking, what he was fearing, they felt like my own fears.

“I didn’t always have the answer, but I knew without a question that my doubt, my hesitation, and misgivings were absolutely strong enough and powerful enough to pull us apart if I let them.”

Omg, that line gives me chills every time. But lines like that, they rang so true for me and made me so much  more immersed with this story.

Leveled is a fast-paced, quick read that had to giggling and crying by the time I reached the end. AND. It has sneak peak into BUILT, which  was lucky enough to get an ARC of as part of the blog tour. I’m so excited to read it and this was a nice little treat to tide me over till I got Built!

Thank you for this story, Jay! XO

MY RATING: 5/5

Book Review: DONNERS OF THE DEAD by Karina Halle

Genre: Mystery, Horror, Adult, Romance

Released on: February 26th, 2014

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*A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn’t fly in today’s day and age was unfortunately the norm back then – it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book.

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

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