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Books Read and Listened to Part Two

The second part of my huge round-up. Extra long this time, as four of them will be featured in a series review on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread...

Cupcakes and Ink
by Helena Hunting
Published by Pocket Star
eBook
ISBN 9781476764337

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Cupcakes-and-Ink/Helena-Hunting/9781476764337

Blurb:
Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/915232465

This is a cute story that doesn't really stand on its own, but works quite well to fill in a few missing bits from the first proper book in this series and to introduce the characters. It's rather lighter than the main series, but that's not a huge issue for me either.


Clipped Wings
by Helena Hunting
Published by Gallery Books
eBook
ISBN 9781476764313

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Clipped-Wings/Helena-Hunting/9781476764290

Blurb:
Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has – especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that Hayden is everything.

Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that.

But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/917064601

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Othello (Manga Shakespeare)
by William Shakespeare
Text Adapted by Richard Appignanesi
Illustrated by Ryuta Osada
Published by SelfMadeHero
Print book
ISBN 9780955816956

http://www.bookdepository.com/Othello-William-Shakespeare/9780955816956

Blurb:
Othello is considered to be one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Beginning with an argument in a street in Venice, the grudges and passionate jealousies that fuel Othello's misfortunate plot are quickly revealed in this fantastical manga version of the classic story. Part of a series of graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare's best-known plays, this is a cutting-edge book that will intrigue and grip readers. Drawing inspiration from trend-setting Japan, this series is illustrated by leading UK manga artists.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/910099521

Not my favourite of the Manga Shakespeares, which is a shame as I've really enjoyed the play when I've seen it performed at the Globe and on screen. More colour in the panels might have helped.


The House on Blackberry Hill
by Donna Alward
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
eBook
ISBN 9781466843646

http://us.macmillan.com/houseonblackberryhill/DonnaAlward

Blurb:
When a young woman inherits a rundown mansion, the last thing she expects to find is the key to her heart...

Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone’s eyes on her—an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, and sometimes too strong-willed for her own good, Abby’s plan is to sell the house and hightail it back to Nova Scotia. But another part of her is intrigued by the idea of starting over somewhere new—and finally learning the truth about her heritage.

The House On Blackberry Hill

Enter Tom Arseneault. The best contractor in Jewell Cove, Tom is determined to restore the beauty and prestige of the Foster mansion—and maybe even work his charms on its beautiful new heir. The attraction between him and Abby is undeniable, and the more time Tom spends on the house the more he wants to be in it with her. But Abby’s not sure she can trust him—or anyone in Jewell Cove who seems to know more about her family history than she does. Home: Is it really where the heart is after all?

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/921022414

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares
Published by Delacorte Press
eBook
ISBN 9780307976154

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/212953/the-here-and-now-by-ann-brashares

Blurb:
An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/928553507

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


The Valentine's Arrangement (Hard Feelings Book 1)
by Kelsie Leverich
Published by NAL Trade
eBook
ISBN 9781101639160

http://www.penguin.com/book/the-valentines-arrangement-by-kelsie-leverich/9780451466655

Blurb:
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine's Day is over. Ronnie doesn't do romance. She doesn't do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn't do love--not anymore. After her fiance cheated on her while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he can't wait to return to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. He's got no time for a relationship...but casual sex, that's a different story. And when he meets Ronnie, a snarky, gorgeous, take-no-prisoners kind of woman, a fast fling is all he can think about. But when Kale realizes he's met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And will winning her over both body and soul be the toughest battle he ever fought?

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/928629059

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings Book 2)
by Kelsie Leverich
Published by NAL Trade
eBook
ISBN 9781101639177

http://www.penguin.com/book/feel-the-rush-by-kelsie-leverich/9780451466662

Blurb:
The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier…

Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…

Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/928632478

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Pretending She's His (Hard Feelings Book 2.5)
by Kelsie Leverich
Published by NAL Trade
eBook
ISBN 9780698154353

http://www.penguin.com/book/pretending-shes-his-by-kelsie-leverich/9780698154353

Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Kelsie Leverich continues her series in her new Hard Feelings novella, where a tempting little lie turns into so much more…

Eva Riley is the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding and it just so happens that her ex is the best man. Eva’s a straight shooter and definitely not the damsel-in-distress type. But with her pride on the line and her ex’s heart on his sleeve, there might not be enough champagne in the world to get her through this weekend…

Trevor Owens may be one hell of a good friend to Eva, but he’s always wanted to get the fiery redhead between the sheets. So he swoops in and offers a solution to her ex problem: they can pretend to be together—just for the weekend. But when their little game of make-believe is over, will they be able to tell what’s real and what’s only pretend?

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/928633922

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings Book 3)
by Kelsie Leverich
Published by NAL Trade
eBook
ISBN 9780451468949

http://www.penguin.com/book/a-beautiful-distraction-by-kelsie-leverich/9780451468949

Blurb:
A brand-new novel in the New York Times bestselling Hard Feelings series—where nothing’s more dangerous than a bad boy with a broken heart…

First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.

Home from a deployment and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off….

Until he meets Fallon.

Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers him a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.

Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her.…

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/928635234

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.
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