Star Studded Saturday | 34

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Pilot Reviews


*Clicking the photos will take you to the IMDB page.*

Rise Poster

Rise-

Really enjoyed this!! It felt like Glee 2.0  I even feel like it may be better than Glee in some ways. Excited to see where this series leads us.

Station 19 Poster

Station 19-

The second I started this, I was comparing it to Chicago Fire. I couldn’t help it. Sadly, this show just couldn’t measure up to CF. I wasn’t into the cast, story lines, etc. I have too many other shows to keep up with to watch something that I don’t love.

Life Sentence Poster

Life Sentence-

I think this one was too depressing or something. It felt too deep. I also didn’t vibe with the story line or cast for this one either. Can’t win them all I guess.

Splitting Up Together Poster

Splitting up together-

Hilarious!!! And also…..cringe worthy at times lol!! This was a fun spin on a modern family dynamic. I’m interested to see how the story progresses. It was fun seeing Oliver Hudson!! He’s such a great actor.


These are the latest TV pilots that I’ve tried out. Have you watched any of these!? Did you try some other new TV pilots this season? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Jessica

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Reading with Jessica Book Club: April 2018 (2)

Book Club

As most of you know by now, I’m a huge fan of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I thought it would be fun to re-read the series in anticipation for the final book in the series, War Storm. Book three, King’s Cage, read-along will take place on April 22nd-May 4th. I took the total number of pages (507 in the HC) and divided it by 14 (the amount of days for the read-along). That comes to roughly 37 pages per day, give or take a few. With all that being said, the schedule is as follows:

April 22nd: Chapter 1-3

April 23rd: Chapter 4-6

April 24th: Chapter 7-9

April 25th: Chapter 10-11

April 26th: Chapter 12-14

April 27th: Chapter 15

April 28th: Chapter 16-17

April 29th: Chapter 18

April 30th: Chapter 19-20

May 1st: Chapter 21-22

May 2nd: Chapter 23-25

May 3rd: Chapter 26-28

May 4th: Chapter 29-End

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

You are welcome to read ahead or at any pace you like. We will discuss the book on the last day of the read along. The groups are very relaxed. If you fall behind, just catch up before the last day. No worries! We don’t include spoilers in chat until the last day when we discuss. I also give full notice before the discussion begins so you aren’t caught off guard. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ReadingwJessica. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag: #RWJbookclub on all social media ❤

Check out my Book Club tab here to see when we will read the rest of the series and future read-alongs. Would love to have you all join us!!!!

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Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise Blog Tour

Review:

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

First off, I loved Katie so much!! She was the cutest, most relate-able characters that I’ve read in a long time. I love that she would blush bright red whenever she was embarrassed because that’s exactly what I do. Trying to talk to a cute guy? Not gonna happen! Her and I were also similar in the fact that we are people pleasers. We want everyone around us to be happy and would do anything to make that happen for them. Sometimes in doing that, we forget ourselves. We forget that we are important too and that we need to put ourselves first once in awhile. Basically Katie and I were two peas in a pod. Seeing her grow into herself and figuring out who she wanted to be made for a truly touching story.

Let’s talk about Ryan…..could I swoon any harder for this guy?? Whew! He definitely made it onto my book boyfriend list. I loved how supportive and encouraging Ryan was. Plus the way he had a passion for helping others….gah, It was awesome to see.

I also loved the little details to this story. The relationship Katie had with her father and gran, plus the relationship Ryan had with his niece and family members, were just so beautiful to read. I’m glad this book had a nice family aspect to it in some parts.

Overall, you should pick this up. It’s a story of encouragement and coming into your own. It shows you that there’s a time for everything. People progress at different stages and that’s okay. We all have a story to tell and a path that leads us. 4 Stars.

Meet the Author:

Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016) and MAYBE SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Entangled Embrace, 4/16/18). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, three dogs, and ever-changing number of fish.

Connect: Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

About the Book:

Katie Capwell is a bright and accomplished recent law school graduate, and she has her shiny future all mapped out.

Ryan Brincatt is a tattooed and impossibly cool martial artist, and he’s mastered a fierce roundhouse kick.

Their paths never should have crossed.

But on a whim, she signs up for kickboxing lessons with him. She never imagined that one decision would change absolutely everything.

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The Wild Heir by Karina Halle Cover Reveal

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The Wild Heir by Karina Halle
Publication Date: May 14th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me.

If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy.
But I’m not the average single guy.

​I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water.

Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…
I get married.
To a blue-blooded stranger.

Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.

Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life.

But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild​, sexual​ and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.

The only question is – will she let me?

The Wild Heir is a standalone full-length royal romance.

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Meet Karina:
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey Cover Reveal

Are you ready for ARROGANT DEVIL? We are so excited to reveal the cover of this next release from R.S. Grey! Check it out below!

About ARROGANT DEVIL (available May 10th)

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

Add ARROGANT DEVIL to your Goodreads list here!

ARROGANT DEVIL releases May 10th – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting May 7th!

Keep an eye onR.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the link!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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On the line by Liz Lincoln Review

On the Line (Milwaukee Dragons, #1)

On the line by Liz Lincoln

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

WOW!! Loved this steamy love story!! Seth is a professional football player for the Milwaukee Dragons. He’s also a single father to a 12 year old daughter named Madison, aka Maddie. Seth needed to find a nanny to take care of his daughter while he was at games, traveling, etc. Enter Carrie. Carrie was a Science teacher who couldn’t find a job in time for the new school year. She decided to take the job as a nanny to get her bearings and figure out her next step. Whew is all I can say. I absolutely loved this story and the romance between Seth and Carrie. These two had an instant connection and could hardly keep their hands off each other.

Can I just say….I absolutely loved how Carrie was into science and comics. I think this was the first romance I’ve read with the female main character being into these things. It was beyond refreshing and I’m ALL for it in future reads. Carrie loved dressing up in cosplay and going to comic con. I loved getting to know her and her interests. I lived for the comic and Walking Dead references. They were just icing on this already amazing cake.

Seth on the other hand was your typical swoon worthy single dad. I loved seeing him care for his daughter. It was so beautiful to see a man step up and take care of his child no matter what. Seth would’ve done anything and everything for his child. Maddie’s mother wasn’t in the picture because she didn’t want to be. Seth stepped up and became both parents without hesitation. There is nothing more attractive than a present father let me tell you.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m all for having two or three more books with this group. This is the first time I’ve read this author but it will not be the last.

Jessica

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando Review 

Leading the Witness (Conflict of Interest, #4)

Title: Leading the Witness
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #4
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Blurb
New York Times
bestselling author Chantal Fernando “turns up the heat” (RT Book Reviews)
in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck
between his client and the woman he desires—and soon he’ll be forced to choose
sides.
Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for
Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest
client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman
would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never
expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see
Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he
first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now
he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything.
Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as
he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at
the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make
her his.But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running
out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on
fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional
code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a
crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.

Review

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Sadly, this wasn’t the book for me. Hunter, the main guy in the story, came off way too aggressive. He was just too into Riley, the main female character. It was almost like he was in love with her without even being in a relationship with her yet. He just came off weirdly, I can’t exactly explain it. I had issues connecting with Hunter pretty much throughout the entire story.

On the other hand, I liked Riley. She was a strong, independent woman who could take care of herself. She didn’t want more than her share of things and didn’t want anyone else handing her anything that she didn’t earn herself. I could admire that in her character. Although at times she was quite stubborn but I think that’s just her personality to only rely on herself to not burden others.

I also loved Riley’s group of friends and bar employees. They all meshed very well together and were such a well rounded group of friends. I love their interactions with each other and wished for more scenes with them together.

As far as my rating goes….I had some issues with this story. For one, it did a few too many fast forwarded moments. I had trouble keeping up with the time jumps. I found myself having to go backwards and see where they mentioned a time jump to see why things were the way they were. I also didn’t care for the plot twists. Some you could see from miles away, while others felt very unnecessary.

Overall, it wasn’t that bad. The conversations between Riley and her bar mates were awesome. I loved all the bar scenes in general, they were my favorite. The romance side…..I didn’t care for sadly. It just didn’t flow very well.

Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

Also Available
Breaching the Contract (Conflict of Interest, #1)
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Seducing the Defendant (Conflict of Interest, #2)

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

Approaching the Bench (Conflict of Interest, #3)

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.

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Star Studded Saturday | 33

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Pilot Reviews


*Clicking the photos will take you to the IMDB page.*

Southland Poster

Southland-Season 1 Episode 1:

This was a hot mess. The shaky camera made me dizzy, crappy characters, 4 thousand story lines going at once, etc. I had to stop half way because it was so terrible.

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Two and a Half Men-Season 1 Episode 1:

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. I would check out more episodes before committing to binging this. I’m excited to get to the Ashton Kutcher parts. I’m not the biggest Charlie Sheen fan.

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Champions– Season 1 Episode 1:

This show just premiered this past March. I absolutely loved it!!! It was so funny and entertaining. The episodes are only 30 minutes long so it’s easy to watch when you don’t have a lot of time or want something light. I’m falling for Anders Holm more and more. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.


These are the most recent TV show pilots that I’ve tried. Have you watched these?! Let me know what you thought!!!

Jessica

Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan Cover Reveal

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for MISTER TONIGHT the swoony new romantic standalone from New York Times bestsellingauthor Kendall Ryan releasing on JUNE 18th!

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a standalone romance about a swoony single dad and the new neighbor he falls for.

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was THAT girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth with her two best friends—the ones who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I meant the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, and handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like French fries, so there’s that.

He took me home and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life, well until it came to a screeching, and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking:

“What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now…… or so I thought.

Come to find out the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Book Blogger Hop | April 13th-19th

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a bookish question and join a “hop”. The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday.

This week’s question: Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


How much time do we have?? lol!!! I have so many fictional worlds I want to live in. To name a few…..

  • Velaris (ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas)
    • Velaris is this magical place where you can just tell you would never want to leave. The lovely people, the atmosphere, the views, etc. It doesn’t hurt that the Night court lives here too *Looking at you Cassian 😉
  • Fool’s Gold (Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery)
    • Fool’s Gold has the most amazing community. They have events practically every weekend where the entire town gets together. Everyone knows everyone and they all look out for each other. Sign me up!
  • Arizona territory in 1884 (High Country Bride by Linda Lael Miller)
    • So…I feel like I was born in the wrong era. I would love to live in this time frame. Simpler times, a world where what you see is what you get, etc.

I highly recommend each of these series. I hope you fall in love with them just as I did ❤ What are some of your favorite fictional worlds?

Jessica