Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Post - 134 & Stacking the Shelves - 95

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

It is February! This was a busy and fast week. Friday night we went to my parents' to celebrate my mom's birthday. My brother ended up playing the guitar and several of us sat around and sang along. We haven't done that in years. It was a really great night. Saturday was my mom's actual birthday. I spent the entire day cleaning house. Since last Saturday I spent all day reading and since I actually finished 4 books this past week, I knew I needed to spend some time on real life responsibilities. It happens, right?


Sunday: 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up
Monday: Review of Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, # 1) by Pierce Brown (4.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Books If I Had a Book Club
Wednesday: Waiting on Paradise City (Paradise, # 1) by CJ Duggan
Thursday: Review of An Endless Summer (Summer, # 2) by CJ Duggan (4 Stars)
Friday: Review of Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum, # 21) by Janet Evanovich (3 Stars)
Saturday: Discussions Only We Know: Family Friendly


Monday: Review of Rowdy (Marked Men, # 5) by Jay Crownover
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers, # 1) by Jamie McGuire
Friday: Upon Further Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, # 1) by Robin LaFevers
Saturday: Discussions Only We Know: Moral Standard

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2015 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, # 2)

By: Jamie McGuire

Published: January 27th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing

260 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

That One Summer (Summer, # 3)

By: CJ Duggan

Published: December 14th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services

349 pages

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.

All Lined Up (Rusk University, # 1)

By: Cora Carmack

Published: May 13th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

320 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

All Broke Down (Rusk University, # 2)

By: Cora Carmack

Published: October 28th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

368 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

Carter's Big Break (Carter Finally Gets It, # 2)

By: Brent Crawford

Published: June 1st 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 13th 2010)

240 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Humor, Realistic Fiction

Source: Borrowed from library

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Goodreads description--After surviving freshman year (just barely), Carter is craving his summer break. Unfortunately, when he and his girlfriend, Abby, part ways, it looks as though summer just might break him. Things start to look up when he's unexpectedly cast in an independent film opposite the world's biggest tween sensation, Hilary Idaho. With Hollywood knocking on his door, Carter gets a taste of the good life. But as the film spirals out of control, he begins to fear that he's not the "somebody" he thinks he is and more the "nobody" he's sure he always has been. Find out if Carter goes Hollywoodor Hollywood goes Carter.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!


  1. That sounds like a wonderfull way to celebrate your mom's birthday. I hope she had a great day! Nice haul you got, I am a bit behind on the Rusk University series as I have only read the first book so far, I really enjoyed it, so I am hoping to continue the series soon. Have a great week!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful family party - I love a good singalong! And you've hauled in the New Adult books this week. That's a genre I haven't gotten into so far... though I was a bit bemused to see a book recently marketed as "New Adult" that had a 29-year-old heroine. Surely a mistake?

  3. I would think the redemption book had to do with angels; I don't especially like angel stories. But it is about the FBI? I like the cover -- how the birds are peeling of the wing. my post is:

  4. It sounds like you had a great reading week! Here is my weekly recap!!

  5. Friday night sounds wonderful. I have BD and cannot wait to read it. Enjoy all of your new books and Happy Birthday to your Mom.

  6. That one Summer sounds good. Hope that you enjoy and have a great week.

  7. Nice haul. I've been wanting to read the Rusk University series. I'm falling behind on it though. They looks like good reads.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  8. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Sounds like a lovely evening and I'm sure your mother had a fantastic birthday. I'm dying to read the Rusk University series! I have the first one but it keeps getting lost under all the shiny new books I keep getting. Have a great week!

  9. Oooh Beautiful Redemption! I've heard a bit about that. The other one's are new to me but it nevertheless looks like a great haul. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by <3

  10. ALL LINED UP!!!! I hope you get to read it soon! :D

  11. I have to get ahold of Beautiful Oblivion! And I love the covers they're doing for the Maddox brothers series. Great haul this week!

    out my STS

  12. Some wonderful books this week!
    And it sounds like your family had a lovely birthday with your mom.

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  13. It seems like most people like Red Rising, I need to read it but I am afraid I won't like Thanks for stopping by my blog over the weekend. :)

  14. Yes, she was still talking about it several days later. That's all that matters, right? I've not read Cora Carmack yet, and everyone raves about her books. Thanks for stopping by Lola!

  15. It really was, and mom was talking about it days later. So that means that she enjoyed it. Haha...yep. It was definitely a new adult week last week for me. Um...yeah, I wouldn't expect a 29 year old to be classified as "new" either. Thanks for commenting Lark!

  16. Nah it's not about angels at all. It's just a contemporary book. I did love the book cover though. Thanks for stopping by Steph!

  17. Thanks Kimba! It really was a good birthday for her. Not sure it compared to her last birthday when we threw her a surprise party, but that's okay. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  18. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next book in the series.Thanks for stopping by Brandi!

  19. Everyone raves about Cora Carmack, and I haven't had a chance to read anything by her yet so I had to snatch these up when they went on sale. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kristin!

  20. I think she really enjoyed it! I totally understand that. I have so many books. There never seems to be enough time to get to them all! Thanks for stopping by Katherine!

  21. I've enjoyed Jamie McGuire's books, but she's not my absolute favorite. I've been pleasantly surprised with The Maddox Brother's series though. Thanks for stopping by Shan!

  22. Thanks Dianne! I need to read a few review books first, but then maybe I can get to Cora Carmack next! Thanks for stopping by!

  23. I was pleasantly surprised with Beautiful Oblivion. I hope you get to read it soon. I definitely agree that the covers are great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lisa!

  24. Thanks Laura! It really was a good birthday for her!

  25. My dad always used to play the guitar and sing to and with us kids while we were growing up. It's been a while since we've had a jam session like that, but it was really good. And Mom was talking about it days later.

    I've yet to read Cora Carmack, but everyone raves about her. I had to snag these when I saw them go on sale.

    Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

  26. Oh I really enjoyed Red Rising. I was afraid I wouldn't like it either. It had a slow start, but I ended up loving it! Thanks for stopping by Stormi!

  27. That's so cool that y'all sit around and sing together, especially for your mom's birthday. :)

    Ooh, I liked All Lined Up and am excited to read All Broke Down. I saw there was a sale on them this week!

    I hope you're having a great week, Sandy!!