Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Chatter: 5 Characters That Need Their Own Books

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Wednesday Chatter is a weekly feature at Ruby's Books where we'll be talking about anything and everything related to books and reading. Click here if you want to see what we talked about in the previous weeks

WARNING: Some bad words might be used in the following post. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Hello dear book lovers and welcome to another Wednesday Chatter post! Today I want to talk to you about some characters that I wish would get their own books. Unfortunately, I will probably always just keep on dreaming about one of these characters getting their own story. A girl can dream, right?

1. Samwise Gamgee - Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I've said it once and I'll say it again: one pf the true heros of The Lord of the Rings is Sam. He's the brave one that has everything to lose, that doesn't know where he's going, that is totally devoted to a guy he considers his "master", while Frodo whines. Yeah, yeah, he agreed to take the Ring into Mount Doom, but I can't help but think Frodo just wanted to emulate his uncle, Bilbo. I would love to know what happens to Sam after he gets married, after Frodo takes the ship to the Undying Lands. I want to know about his family.

Source: Popkey

2. Georgiana Darcy - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

While I've always had a crush on Mr. Darcy, I always wondered about his sister. Georgiana is a mystery, and besides the fact that Wickham had previously tried to get her to fall in love with him and eventually marry him, I know nothing about her. From what I remember she was sweet, shy, and she saw her brother the way I would imagine she would have seen her father. I always wondered about that. I would definitely have loved to read a story about Georgiana all grown up.

3. Neville Longbottom - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Every now and again I wonder about the unfairness that Neville had to go through. Sure, I always sympathized with Harry, but I always hated when Neville was always made fun of, even by the narrator. I want to know what happened with Neville, I want to read about him growing up before getting to Hogwarts, I want to read about him meeting the woman or man of his dreams, I want to see him happy.

Source: Popkey

4. The Darkling - Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

So... I haven't yet finished the Grisha trilogy, so I don't know the full story of the Darkling. But if there's one villain that has fascinated me since the first moment I met him on page, it's him. I am curious about him, and, much like any other villain, I want to know what makes him bad. Was he born bad, or was he made bad by his need for power? What made him devolve in his evilness? I know I probably would have the answers I need in the last book of the trilogy, but I would love a short story from his POV.

5. Savitar - Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I am pretty sure he'll get his own book sometime in the future, but I would very much like for that future to be now. Savitar is the eccentric guy that loves surfing, sarcasm, and killing anything that annoys him. I would love to know his story, if somehow Appolymi is going to be his soul mate, the real reason behind him helping Acheron, the reason why he lives alone, away from anyone that might mean something to him. He loves power but he doesn't abuse it, and when he's not being sarcastic, he's a great guy. I need his story now.

Let's discuss. Which character deserves his or her own book in your opinion? Why?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review: Three To Ride by Lexi Blake

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Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Nights in Bliss, Colorado #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: March 20th 2018
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Re-released in a second edition with two new chapters and additional new content.

Rachel Swift is a woman on the run.

A stalker sent Rachel's world reeling. Now she's running for her life, and Bliss, CO, seems like the perfect place to hide. Bliss is a strange little town, filled with artists, nudists, and the occasional conspiracy nut. It's a good place to start over.

Max and Rye are just the men to catch her.

Horse trainer Max and Sheriff Rye gave up on their dream of finding one perfect woman to share long ago. Rachel walks in, and they're both in love and fighting their true natures.

A town like no other….

When Rachel's past catches up with her, all of Bliss is in danger. Rachel knows she should run, but how can she leave behind the love she’s found with Max and Rye and the home she’s built in Bliss? With her whole town behind her, Rachel is ready to make her stand. It's time for her to get back in the saddle and ride.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way. 

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature adult. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

Blog Tour Book Review: Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

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From New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes RIDE DIRTY, a new novella in her Raven Riders Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #3.5, 1001 Dark Nights #78
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Release Date: March 13th 2018
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love. 

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature adult. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Obsessed With Covers #46: Twice Dead, Give The Dark My Love

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Y'all know how much I love a pretty cover. I think about...40% of the books that end up on my shelves (be they physical or digital) do so because of the covers. Call me shallow but you have to admit that a pretty, shiny cover will catch your eye faster than a dull, boring one. Two, simple rules that I'll follow:

  • 1, 2 or 3 (no more than 3, though) covers per week;
  • books should be new-ish; no more than 2 years old.
Oh, before I share the covers that made me drool or want to stare at them for hours and hours, I have to say something. This is a semi-original idea. Why semi? Because almost every book blogger has something similar. The only thing I came up with was the title. If by any chance there's another blogger with a similar feature with the same title, I assure you I'm not stealing your idea. I'm just THAT bad with titles. Believe me, I'd love to be smarter and have a witty name for this feature, but I don't. So, no copyright infringement/theft/steal or anything of the sort was desired. All I can say is sorry :P

So, here are the prettiest covers I've seen this week.

I adore this cover so, so much! The starry background is pretty enough to make me fall in love with it, but ghostly figure, the almost touching hands and the foggy image of the city at night, overlooking the water are all amazing details. The fog isn't typical, instead it gives the sensation of movement, and one of the hands seems to be almost transparent. I also love the font used for the title. The font kind of makes me thing of old, medieval books. I can almost imagine seeing intricate drawings surrounding the letters. I am definitely curious about why we're seeing the city at night. And why only certain windows and buildings are illuminated. It definitely seems a bit creepy, the way shadow and light are playing on the buildings. I need to know more about this book.

Twice Dead - Caitlin Seal


There is something appealing about this cover. Blue seems to be the main color in this cover art, with its various shades, and with the occasional black, white, yellow and green specks here and there. I am intrigued by how much light there seems to be in this cover, coming from the window and the lantern the young woman is holding, which seems to be in contradiction with the title. Or is it? I wonder if the young woman is saying goodbye to "the Dark", or if she's sending a warning under the guise of a declaration of love. She definitely seems to be surrounded by shadows, and the sea storm that we can glimpse out the window is definitely telling me that maybe this woman has something dark about her. I am very intrigued by this cover and I definitely want to read it.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

International Bookworms: My Favorite International Bookish People

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Hello my fellow bookworms! How are you on this gloomy rainy day? Today's topic in the International Bookworms feature hosted by the awesome Ayla is about our favorite international bookish people. I hate choosing favorite people, really, mostly because I am always scared of missing anyone. So, because of this, I'll stop at 5 bookish people on the main platforms where I follow bookish people: Instagram and Blogs

Book Review: Unconditional by Lexi Blake

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Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #5.5
Audience: 18
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: January 21st 2014
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Autorh
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A curious woman

Ashley Paxon understands responsibility. After her fiancé left her alone and pregnant, she forged a new life for herself and her daughter. Moving to Dallas, she went back to school and found a job at a club called Sanctum. As one of the BDSM club’s waitresses, she watches the Doms and their submissives every night. She yearns to explore their lifestyle of discipline and power exchange, but she knows she wouldn’t belong.

A wounded man

Keith Langston believes in living in the moment. Haunted by the past, he moves from one casual relationship to the next and never looks back. But the moment he lays eyes on Ashley, something primal and possessive takes over. He can’t stop thinking about her and yet he knows he can’t offer her what she needs. Having her seems impossible until Sanctum’s owner, the mysterious Ian Taggart, makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

The perfect contract

Offered the chance to train Ashley and initiate her into the D/s lifestyle, Keith is delighted to accept. Under the guidelines of a carefully crafted contract, they lose themselves in the pleasures and intimacies of being Master and submissive. But when Ashley and her daughter are threatened, Keith realizes she needs much more than a part-time Dom. To protect her, he will have to break through the barriers of their contract and finally face the demons haunting his heart.
*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature adult. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

St. Patrick's Day Promo/Sale: RILEY O'BRIEN & CO series by Jenna Sutton

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Looking for the perfect read for St. Patrick's Day? Get your hands on Jenna Sutton's Riley O'Brien & Co series - and don't miss grabbing the first book, ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, on sale for just $1.99! You can also enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card - be sure to check it out below!



Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. And so does the secret project she's working on behind his back...
Quinn’s not interested in the new accessories, but he is interested in the woman designing them. Amelia is smart, sexy, and talented, and he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since they met. Mixing business and pleasure isn’t wise, but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with excuses to spend time with her. He thinks he understands the risk he’s taking when he gets involved with Amelia. But he doesn’t know he’s risking a lot more than his heart.

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From the author of All the Right Places, a sweet and sexy romance about finding the right words and the perfect fit...
Love can take some time to break in...
Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans...
Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets...

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Third in the “sweet and sumptuous”* romance series from the author of Coming Apart at the Seams...
Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancé and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that guarantees another man will get her momentous firsts. But she never imagined that man would be Cal O’Brien, the gorgeous heir to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire….
Although Cal has always been fascinated by Bebe’s brilliant mind and beautiful eyes, he’s never pursued her. She can’t stand the sight of him, and every time they’re in the same room, they end up trading insults. Yet when he finds out about Bebe’s bold plan, he makes his move, unaware of her upcoming nuptials. He promises to make her firsts unforgettable, but he doesn’t know how hard it will be to forget her when their arrangement ends.
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Get to know the men and women of Riley O'Brien & Co., the nation’s oldest designer and manufacturer of blue jeans. This trio of sexy, steamy novellas will make you unraveled and wish you were unzipped…
After a devastating IED attack ended Zeke May’s Army career, he found the perfect civilian job with denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. Now he needs to find the perfect roommate.
Fresh out of veterinary school, Margo Lange is excited to join one of the best animal clinics in San Francisco. But she can’t afford to live in the city alone. Fortunately, Zeke’s place is the perfect price for her budget.
How long will it take for Zeke and Margo to realize they’re the perfect fit for each other?
Jake Lilliard has always been a gambling man. Now he’s ready to take the biggest risk of all: acting on his feelings for Kyla Andrews. As a trainee in his department at Riley O’Brien & Co., she’s off limits. But the countdown until she moves on to another job has begun…
Kyla doesn’t take risks with her job or her heart, and she doesn’t want to be a cliché – the foolish woman who falls for her sexy boss. Yet, Jake is everything she wants, and it’s impossible to resist him.
Will their gamble pay off or will Jake’s past ruin any hope of a future with Kyla?
For Phoebe Werner, the management trainee program at Riley O’Brien & Co. represents a new beginning. She never expects to run into Garrett Gale again. The handsome hotelier is the only man she wants… and a reminder of what she can never have.
Years ago, Garrett enjoyed one memorable night with Phoebe before she disappeared without a word. He tried to forget her, but fate has brought her back into his life and his bed.
With Phoebe’s fears threatening to ruin their chance at happiness, can Garrett convince her that their feelings for each other will never fade?

✦Barnes and Noble 


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About Jenna Sutton

Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books. She’s the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances and the new Trinity Distillery series. Although Jenna calls Texas home, more often than not, she’s somewhere else. Her love’s job takes him all over the country, and she tags along, just like a groupie follows her favorite band.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spotlight: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

 A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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