Waiting On Wednesday (331) Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon

Expected publication: April 23rd 2018 by Carina Press

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.

Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attracton toward John. But as unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?

I was happily surprised to be approved for an arc of this via NetGalley, so of course I can't wait to read it. I've been loving this author's books recently, and I especially love her characters.
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Waiting On Wednesday (330) Chaser (Dive Bar #3) by Kylie Scott

Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she's pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she'd had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it's Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

I'm not exactly 'looking forward' to reading this book, but I'm willing to give it a chance. I read this author's original series, Stage Dive, and the two previous books in this spin off series. But this book not only went through a cover change, but a release delay too, so I'm finding that I'm over caring about what happens next. Plus, this character was my least favorite, so...
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Waiting On Wednesday (329) The Magician Murders (The Art of Murder #3) by Josh Lanyon

Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Josh Lanyon

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder...

Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest.

When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this must be a simple revenge killing—until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same, much larger and more sinister, pattern.

I'm looking forward to re-reading the first 2 books in this series before this one comes out. The author gave an update just the other day, and she is still writing this... so it's making me nervous if it will be finished on time, and I'm hoping I like the finished product. Keeping my fingers crossed!

What are you waiting on this week?
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February 2018 Wrap Up and March 2018 TBR

I read 15 books in February, which seems like a lot. But then again, I thought I read more than that? I keep feeling like I've forgotten to mark something as read, but I double checked and couldn't find anything. So, 15 books it is. I had another good month filled with some really great books.

Read in February 2018

Romantic Behavior (Bad Behavior #4) by L.A. Witt and Cari Z.
Floodgates by Mary Calmes
Divide & Conquer (Cut & Run #4) by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

I am oh so sad about the Bad Behavior series ending. Romantic Behavior wasn't my favorite of the series, but I still love these guys! More Mary Calmes. And I'm trying to keep my enjoyment of the Cut & Run series on the down low.

New Hand (Bluewater Bay #23) by L.A. Witt
63 Days Later: A Holiday Tail (Wild #1.5) by Adrienne Wilder
The Garden (Lavender Shores #2) by Rosalind Abel

I held off on reading the Lavender Shores series because they didn't sound like something I would enjoy, but I'm really loving them so far.

Together Tied (Marshals #3.5) by Mary Calmes
The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) by Rosalind Abel
Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Heart Trouble (Hearts & Health #1) by D.J. Jamison
Save the Date by Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls

Best of Both Worlds by N.R. Walker
Forget Me Not (The Unforgettable Duet #1) by Brooke Blaine
Remember Me When (The Unforgettable Duet #2) by Brooke Blaine

Forget Me Not and Remember Me When were both great romances, and I loved the characters.

March TBR:

Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon
Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4) by Mary Calmes

I requested an arc of Murder Takes the High Road, and I was approved! I was actually pretty shocked about that. Now I'm excited to read it!!
I'm sad about reading the final book in The Marshals series. It's ridiculous how much I love those guys!!

The Mermaid Murders (The Art of Murder #1) by Josh Lanyon
The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder #2) by Josh Lanyon
The Magician Murders (The Art of Murder #3) by Josh Lanyon

I'm doing a re-read of books 1 and 2 in The Art of Murder series to get ready for book 3. This is such a great series!

Stars & Stripes (Cut & Run #6) by Abigail Roux
The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels

I'm carrying on with my Cut & Run marathon. I have to space these books out, not only because there are SO many of them, but also because I get overwhelmed with these guys and all of the books start blurring together in my mind. I'm liking the books and the guys more and more, but sometimes, I just need a break.

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Review: Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux

Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

Ty, once a marine and now an FBI hotshot, has a penchant for being unpredictable, a trait Zane can vouch for. Zane is a man who once lived for his job but has come to realize his heartbreaking past doesn’t have to overshadow his future. They're partners, friends, lovers, and the go-to team for unusual cases. With Cross and his innocuous boyfriend, Cameron Jacobs, in tow, Ty and Zane must navigate the obstacles of a cross-country trek, including TSA pat-downs, blizzards, their uncooperative prisoners, CIA kill teams, a desperate lack of sleep or caffeine, and each other. Ty and Zane are determined to get Julian Cross to DC in one piece, but it’s starting to look like it might be the last thing they do.

I have to admit that this series is addicting. I'm just happy that I am able to read the whole series in one go, rather than reading them one at a time when they were released. I don't know how anyone didn't lose their shit waiting for each book!

After 5 books, I still don't know who I like more - Ty or Zane. They are both equally aggravating, but then they have moments where I love them so much. There were a couple of  'romantic' gestures from the guys that really saved this book for me.

Ty and Zane have changed so much from the first book, and I am frustrated that they are just now getting around to 'talking'. I know, I know, 2 tough guys being afraid to talk about their feelings is understandable. But this shit is getting downright ridiculous. They really need to start sharing more and not be afraid to ask questions about each other.

Zane: "Do you have a history with every guy with a gun in the Northern hemisphere?"
Ty: "Oh, like you don't have some winners back there you hope we never run into. Let's head to Miami and see what comes out of the woodwork."
Zane: "Ty."
Ty: "I like guys with guns!"

There were parts of this book that I loved, like the epic sex scenes and the sharing of feelings. And then there were parts that could have been better - the writing is still choppy and all over the place, and these guys are the worst FBI agents EVER! They are just completely terrible at their job. (I blame this on the writing, not on the characters themselves.)

I'm also hoping for more insight on Zane's character in the future. I'm especially interested in learning more about his wife's death, how he's dealing with his addictions, his family troubles, and just what the hell happened in Miami.

I'm happy that my library has these books available on Hoopla so I can keep chugging along with this series and see if my guys get better at opening up, and if their job performance improves.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Waiting On Wednesday (328) Ever After by Riley Hart and Christina Lee

Expected publication: February 28th 2018

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before—a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.

After his father’s passing, Cassius Havendale’s sole duty is to provide for his family. A promotion to serve a pampered prince is something he endures only for their sake. Surely Prince Merrick has no understanding of true suffering of the common people, nor could he possibly understand what it’s like to desperately desire something he cannot have.

Except the prince is not at all what Cassius imagined. Kind, humorous, and caring to those in need, he also shares Cassius’ affinity for the arts. In fact, Merrick understands his deepest vulnerabilities in a most remarkable way.

As their affection deepens, the underlying tension between them becomes unbearable and they’re unable to ignore it any longer. But when the queen prepares a lavish ball with all the eligible ladies in the land in attendance, Merrick must fulfill his obligations to his country, and Cassius has the needs of his family to consider. They’ve long known their stolen moments would have to come to an end, but are they ready to give up one another and the idea of a happily-ever-after?

***PLEASE NOTE: EVER AFTER is a romantic fairy tale—minus the magic—that features one compassionate prince, one brooding valet, and plenty of angsty forbidden love. It's loosely based on a certain treasured fairy tale in a wintery make-believe setting that wouldn’t be considered contemporary but also isn’t based on any specific time period and doesn't play by any traditional rules.

I hope this is as cute as it sounds.

What are you waiting on this week?
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Review: The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) by Rosalind Abel

The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) by Rosalind Abel
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 25th 2017
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life, but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.
Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then, he met his pregnant fiancĂ©e’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.
A decade later, after a divorce and the crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years. The problem is, those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high...

I am really enjoying this series! I was seriously looking forward to reading Donovan's story after I liked him SO much in The Garden. I ended up completely loving this book, although I did have reservations after reading the blurb.

Donovan and Spencer had a complex and controversial relationship, but they were so strong together that I couldn't help but want them to get their HEA (despite my feelings regarding the 'ick' factor.)

I truly felt that both men deserved love, and I was pleased that once they put voice to what they wanted, they both went after it without looking back. They were determined to be together and be happy, and I absolutely loved that neither one wavered on that decision!

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

My Rating: 4 Stars
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Waiting On Wednesday (327) Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis From Goodreads:

When gunslinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

I loved the first book in this series, but for some reason I haven't read the second book yet.

What are you waiting on this week?
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