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Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! It's time for me to share my love of reading with you!

Three Terrific Reads is where I share the top three books I read this past month and would recommend! 

Read on for three terrific reads you should check out! :)

Catherine Gayle is an auto-buy, go-to author for me. I can always count on her for a good read and Rain Dance was no different!


He's in a drought. No rain. No goals. No women. 
She has what it takes to quench his thirst. 

Ethan Higgins, a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, is in a rut. He hasn't scored a goal in ages, and he hasn't had a woman in his bed for even longer. The only thing in his favor is that he gets to spend time with his son when the T-Birds play at home on the weekends. Determined to be nothing like his abusive father, Ethan sets out to show his son how a real man behaves, and Natalie Turner gives him the perfect opportunity to do so. 

Natalie has nowhere to turn when her boyfriend gets physical with her, this time in public--at least not until Ethan steps in to offer her a safe place to stay. Wary of trusting anyone, especially another hockey player, and even more so one as rough and tough as Ethan, Natalie attempts to resist the lure she feels toward the protective man. When Ethan's son does a Rain Dance, the skies open up. But will soaking their hardened and cracked hearts be enough to end the drought?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

I love this series and somehow skipped over this book between reading book two and four. Upon discovering this, I had to read it immediately! So glad I did!


The ride of her life . . . 
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Sawyer Bennett is another auto-buy go-to author of mine, so I had to snap up her latest release!


The best of friends. 
Two men. One woman. 
A sinful playground called The Wicked Horse. 

Entrepreneur turned millionaire, Dane Hawthorne, has been known to get his kicks at The Wicked Horse Vegas, and he has no shortage of beautiful women waiting for a shot at him. Driven to succeed, no matter if he’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, Dane never backs down from a challenge. 

Avril Carrigan isn’t the type of woman to take risks in her personal life but after a broken heart and too much liquid courage, Avril decides to best way to get over one man, is to get under another. Looking to experience all the debauchery she’s heard about from her best friend and business partner, Dane, she requests one thing of him—take her to The Wicked Horse. 

The request seems simple. One friend helping another in her time of need. But now that they’ve crossed the threshold, things aren’t as easy as they once seemed. Not only is Dane looking at Avril in a new light, but so is their other business partner and best friend, Andrew Collings. As Dane’s envy blooms, he wonders if he made the right decision when he agreed to show Avril his wicked world. 

What happens when the lines of friendship are blurred and boundaries are crossed? Will their relationships survive or will jealousy tear them all apart?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

That's all for this month! Have you read any of these books or books by these authors? What were your favorite books from those you read in October?

Carolina Book Fest Recap

Let me start by saying I am so not a pack-the-day-before person. I forgot my banner, my brand new book stand, and my business cards. Usually, I start packing about 5 days beforehand and I have a list. This hurricane and staying at my grandma's for a little bit totally threw me off my game. But I didn't forget any books or bookmarks or clothes, so the important items got there!

Okay, we can move on now! :)

I've been so excited about returning to Charlotte, mostly because my good friend Kristalyn lives there! Going to Charlotte means I get to see her! So, I recruited her to be my assistant for the signing, which meant we hung out the entire time! It was awesome! 

The signing was also awesome! I love signings because you get to meet other authors and readers and that's the best part! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table and bought a book! <3 I snagged a few books and some business cards for myself, so I can buy some more now that I'm home. ;)

I also got to meet and have dinner with Catherine Gayle! :D EEK! She's awesome and it was a ton of fun. It was great to finally meet her. I got to see a few other authors again, so that was great. I always wish there was more time for hanging out, but it was still good to catch up with old friends!

So, basically, this trip was freaking awesome. I always have a good time when I come to Charlotte and this time was no different. We went to a few different places to eat - all fantastic. Y'all know I like to eat out when I go somewhere. We didn't make it to any places that were on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but I did have fried pickles, so it all worked out!

Plus! I got to see a hot air balloon on the way home! Below are a few pictures if you'd like to check them out!

Monday's Book Spotlight

You all know that I'm a fan of Sawyer Bennett. She has some new releases out and you need to read them! I've read all three that she's released with these serial romances. I'm addicted to this story, y'all! The first one in the Legal Affairs serial is free! You might as well give it a chance. I don't think you'll regret it.

Objection (Legal Affairs, #1)
One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans. 

Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing. 
Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club. 
Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger. 
Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss. 

Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex. 

My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot. 

But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.

Each new volume releases every two weeks and the third just came out last week! What are you waiting for? Go get your copy! If you've already read them, tell me what you think. Are you loving them as much as I am? What do you think is going to happen with these two?

Monday's Book Spotlight

I am a HUGE Sawyer Bennett fan and her books have appeared in my spotlights before. Today, her latest release, which went live yesterday, is my spotlight. I can't wait dive into this one and meet the sexy Flynn. Who else is going to read Off Chance this week?

Off Chance (Off, #5)

He is seeking absolution.

Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.

She is seeking escape.

Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.

Together, they have the chance to become complete.

Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished. 

For it to work, both of them will need to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

These are the top six authors that I think deserve more recognition. The books I mention are the ones I have read by that author. So go read their books and then we can talk about them! :)

In no particular order:

Sawyer Bennett - Author of the Off series

Shelly Crane - Author of the Significance series and Wide Awake

Lacey Weatherford - Author of the Of Witches and Warlocks series

Jamie Magee - Author of the Insight series

Laura Kreitzer - Author of the Timeless series

Kieryn Nicolas - Author of Rain and Flawless Ruins

Who would make your list? Have you read any of these authors?

Check Out This Cover!

In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of fellow NC author Sawyer Bennett and her Off Series. The fourth book, Off Course, is set to release August 4th and I'm so excited!!!

Today, the cover of Off Course was revealed and whew. *fans self* I just had to share because I'm in love!

Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight. 

Cillian O’Braidagh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess. 

If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?

Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.

Books I Need NOW!

I created a new shelf on Goodreads of various books that I have either read or want to read, but the message is the same. I need it now! What books would you put on the list?

Books That I've Read But Want in Paperback

 Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1)

Books That I Haven't Bought Yet

  Fading (Fading, #1) Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) The Final Lesson Plan (Schooled 2)

Books That Haven't Released Yet

Off Course Torn (Connections, #2) Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) Left Drowning

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly features hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This one is going to be tough. Why? Because I've only read 24 books this year. Terrible, I know! But for like the first three months, I was in a reading funk. That means that really, I've read those 24 in the latter three months. My goal this year is 50. Anyway, I'm just going to list the absolute best books I've read so far this year. These are my top four and you should read them all!

 Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) Off Limits (Off Series, #2) Wide Awake

What are the best books you've read so far this year? Tell me about them so I can add them to my TBR!

Monday's Book Spotlight

Off Limits (Off Series, #2) This week's book is the second in the Off series by Sawyer Bennett. I don't think you would have to read the first book, Off Sides, to read this one, but it's probably a good idea that you do, just so you can appreciate this one fully. You can see my thoughts on Off Sides here.

From Goodreads:
“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it." 

Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart. 

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

I read this book last Tuesday and I'm still thinking about it! Okay, mostly about Nix. That still counts, right?

Why It Is Awesome: See the full review on Goodreads.

Nix, oh Nix. Where can I find my own Nix, that's what I want to know! 

Bennett swept me away in OFF LIMITS and honestly, I wish I was still there. I wanted to cry once I reached the epilogue because that meant it was ending. 

It's been a long while since I've read a book and I wanted the guy in it to be my own. I hate it for the future boys in books because it's going to be hard to compete with my love for Nix. My brain is on Nix overload. I'm like Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix, My Nix!

Share with me your latest book boyfriend! I'm holding on to Nix for the time being. :)