Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns (Hudson Valley #3)
by Alice Clayton


Paperback320 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 150111817X




Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.








BUNS was a fun, romantic, and adorable book. This book also had plenty of angst in this book to keep the sexual tension alive, even if some of it felt a little unnecessary. I loved the humor and wit the author weaved into this story. I seriously laughed out loud so many times!

I really liked the characters in this book. Clara was a great main character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. She was such a strong, endearing, thoughtful, independent, and determined woman, which I admired a lot. The other main character, Archie, was extremely swoon-worthy. Not only was he sexy, but he was also hilarious, dedicated, and hard-working. He was a little rough around the edges and a bit stiff in the beginning, but he became more lovable as the book progressed. I do wish his character would have had a little more development, but I still found him very charming and easy to fall for. By the end of the book, I basically squealed anytime he spoke. 

The romance in this book was a fun sort of enemies-to-lovers type of story arc. The author did a great job at creating sexual tension between Clara and Archie that was both steamy and believable. Their constant bickering brought a smile to my face every time! Watching Clara and Archie open up to each other and slowly fall in love was heart-warming. 

Overall, BUNS was a sweet and sexy read. If you are looking for a book that will put a smile on your face and make you want to fan yourself off, then this is the book for you! 





3. 5 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey


OMG!!!!! The entire The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey is now available in paperback! The Last Star paperback will even have an EXCLUSIVE diary entry from Cassie!


YAAAAYYY!!!


Also, be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post!!! :D


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 BOOK ONE


Published May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162410 



After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.





BOOK TWO


Published September 16th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162429




How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.






BOOK THREE


Published May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162437



The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.
 



B&N








Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th WaveThe Infinite SeaThe Last Star, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.



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I AM SO FLIPPING EXCITED!!!!!! 

In the article, Rick says that there will be new main characters and new stories with plenty of action. I AM SO READY FOR THIS!!!

I am predicting/hoping for some cameos from our favorite characters from the first series in this new series! Maybe they will be joining forces to help save the planet? IMAGINE HOW AWESOME IT WOULD BE IF THEY ALL FOUGHT TOGETHER. I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN, PLEASE. I also wouldn't be opposed to some new romances. ;) 




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How to Lose a Highlander (The MacGregor Lairds, #1)
by Michelle McLean



Even feuding clans can't keep their passions at bay.



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HOW TO LOSE A HIGHLANDER
The MacGregor Lairds #1
Michelle McLean
Releasing May 15th, 2017
Entangled Scandalous




Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away.

Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him.

Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is nothing like she was led to believe.

They’ll have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale.









“Hmm, and in the meantime, ye’ve been sleeping in my bed.”

He’d backed her up against one of the four posters of the bed and she bumped against it with a little squeak. Instead of pushing him away, though, she raised her impertinent little nose in the air.

“Yes. But now that you are home I shall make other arrangements. I’m certain a pallet on the floor somewhere will suffice.”

“Och, no. We canna have the lady of the castle sleeping on a lowly pallet. There is more than enough room for us both in my bed.”

She smiled up at him. Her sweet smile momentarily caught him off guard. Her gaze dropped to his lips and lingered before slowly traveling back to meet his own and the heat in those eyes hit him like a fist to the chest.

“Oh, I have no intention of sleeping on a pallet, my lord.”

She rose up on tip toe and trailed one finger along his jaw line.

“Nay?”

Sorcha shook her head and bit her lip and most of the blood in his body rushed south. She looked up at him through a thick fringe of lashes, her sparkling blue eyes staring deep into his. A quick, gasping breath had her breasts straining against the laces of her dress. She placed her hands on his chest…and pushed him as hard as she could, her foot lashing out to connect sharply with his leg. He stumbled backward and she escaped, storming toward the door.

“The pallet is for you!” she called over her shoulder. “I’ll send up some water. I have no desire to share a bedchamber with a man who reeks of horse and sweat.”

Malcolm hopped back until he collided with the bed and sat down heavily. The door to the outer chamber slammed and he started laughing. Finally, he lay back and flung his arm over his face.

“What am I going to do wi’ that woman?” he said.






Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, loves history and romance and enjoys spending her time combining the two in her novels.

When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.