Showing posts with label book rec. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book rec. Show all posts

Friday, August 3, 2018

Gabrielle & Natasha's Experience: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


It's been a while since I've posted a long review and it only seemed fitting to do one with Gabrielle, one of my best friends and the other half of Book Baristas when we first started four years ago! Please enjoy us gush over THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by the incredible Taylor Jenkins Reid. If you haven't read this book just yet, you're in for a treat.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin

AH! It's the spookiest time of the year—it's only fitting to reveal the cover of Abigail Tarttelin's forthcoming novel, DEAD GIRLS, a creepy thriller that I can't wait to sink my teeth into. Check out the fantastic cover below and add this to your TBR!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

COVER REVEAL: The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey

Yooooo this summer's reading list is starting off HAWT with a new book by R.S. Grey with a cover that is actually on fire. I'm beyond excited about this one -- check out the cover below and add THE FOXE AND THE HOUND to your Goodreads TBR list!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Book Synopsis: 

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.


Natasha's Experience:

Monday, March 27, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Broken Bay by Andrea Dunlop

I'm beyond thrilled to be revealing the cover of Andrea Dunlop's next and newest release, BROKEN BAY, a novella coming May 2nd! This cover has made it's way into my top 5 favorite covers of all time—I could srsly spend days photographing it's perfection!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey


One of my most anticipated hate-to-love romantic comedies has a cover and it is everything—the kind of aesthetically pleasing cover that I cannot wait to photograph. Read below for more on Lucas and Daisy's love (war?) story!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Favorite Reads from 2016


This year has been a fantastic reading year for me! I would have loved to have read more of the books on my TBR list than I had but life absolutely got in the way this year—moving to New York and figuring out how to become a solid adult (still learning!) made for less reading time. Not that I'm exactly complaining.

Here are my most favorite stories from this year—if you haven't gotten around to reading them yet, one-click them and get ready to be emotionally wrecked. You've been warned! Note: there is no order to this list—they are all ranked as favorite reads!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.

Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.

It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.

It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.

But we can’t start here.

No, to tell this story right, we need to go back. 

Back to the beginning.

Back to the very first drop.

This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.


Natasha's Experience: 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away...that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
 
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.


Natasha's Experience: 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:

A FREE-SPIRITED GIRL IN NEED OF A BREAK.
A MAN WEIGHED DOWN BY RESPONSIBILITY.A ROAD TRIP VACATION WHERE ALL BETS ARE OFF.OH, AND A LOT OF WINE.

After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.


Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.


With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.



Natasha's Experience:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Wilder by Rebecca Yarros

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
He’s Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.
Five time X Games medalist.
The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.
He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.
But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.


Natasha's Experience:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: The Summer Games: Out of Bounds by R. S. Grey

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:

I despise Erik Winter.

He’s arrogant and cruel—a man I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy—and by some twisted turn of fate, he’s my new Olympic gymnastics coach.


I’ve had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses—if I let it.


Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I’m his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.


The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I’ll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.


Fine. By. Me.


If he pushes me, I’ll push back harder. If he wants to test me, to play with my head, I’ll show him just how many boundaries I’m willing to cross. Because I know it’s not a choice between winning or warring—not if you can have them both. At the end of it all, I plan on leaving Rio with gold around my neck and his icy heart in the palm of my hand. 


Natasha's Experience: 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 6 Cups of Coffee
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a PeopleMagazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour andUSA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancĂ©, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Natasha’s Experience:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
He knows how to score, on and off the ice 

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. 

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over 

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Lindsay’s Experience:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Breaking Her by R.K. Lilley

Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
From internationally bestselling author R.K. Lilley comes a scorching new series with melt-the-pages tension and all-consuming angst. It’s love, it’s war and it’s Scarlett and Dante’s story.

DESTRUCTION. BETRAYAL. RUINATION.
TRUE LOVE.
Breaking Her
Book Two in the Love is War Duet.
This is the conclusion of Scarlett and Dante's story.

SCARLETT
He had done it again. Ravaged me. Burned me. Broke me.
Given me air, only to leave me gasping, writhing.
But then something changed. Something that terrified and excited me both.
Something that utterly destroyed me.
Something that made me whole again.

DANTE
Our love was cursed from the start. She didn't know it but I did.
All she knew was that I'd lied to her, betrayed her. Done unforgivable things. Unavoidable things. Yes, I had broken promises as surely as I had broken her heart. But, just as every war has casualties, and every lie has consequences–every bastard has his reasons.
 


Natasha's Experience:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

Natasha’s Experience:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: Anything More Than Now by Rebecca Paula

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she's frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what's next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been. 

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he's lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family's ranch in Montana. 

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.

Natasha’s Experience:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Loud Is How I Love You by Mercy Brown

Rating: 3 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Camille’s Experience:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
SCARLETT

It was the kind of relationship where I invested more than I had to spare. 

I gave it everything. 

And so when it failed, I lost myself.

It changed me. He changed me.

I went down with the ship.

My soul, burnt embers in the aftermath. 

The fire of him ravaged it all.

He burned me. 

Broke me.



Scarlett had always dreamed big. She was headed straight for Hollywood. Destined for silver screen greatness.

But in her wildest dreams she never imagined she’d be broke and single at twenty-eight, doling drinks at thirty-five thousand feet.

She was a glorified waitress in the skies.

It had been years since she’d seen him.

But one day, there he sat, gazing intently at her, ready to set everything ablaze once more.

Dante wanted her. Again.

Sure, she’d play along…but this time, it was his turn.

She was breaking him.

After all, love is war.

Natasha’s Experience:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Top 15 New Adult Reads

Ah, New Adult. The genre that I can't get enough of because 1) I am currently a New Adult and 2) there is something so utterly addictive about these story lines that make you want to read all of the books in this genre, all of the time. I've compiled a list of 15 must-read stories that you need to either one-click or add to your TBR list because they are that good. I know I'm missing a million other amazing stories, but I guess I'll just have to make another blog post on more NA reads that you'll need in your life.