What Brooke Read
How was your week? I've been busy with boys, mowing, getting ready for the mountains, and of course, publishing Aiko.
But I still make sure I had time to read.
This week I have some hot, some funny, but all great reads.
The first book I read was Lumberjack Boss by Tabatha Kiss. This book had me busting a gut. The randomness was a blast.
Dear Leo Jackman,
I hate you.
Because of you, I'm stranded at the top of a mountain with no food, no water, and no clean clothes. Oh, and now a storm is coming. Great.
But I'm not going anywhere.
I don't care that you're rich. I don't care that your family is powerful enough to squash me like a bug. I don't care about your stupid, piercing eyes or your stupid, sexy beard.
I'm not leaving your lawn until you talk to me. Somewhere beneath that rough, angry, jaded lumberjack exterior lies the heart of a good man and I'm going to prove it to you.
I love the Redwood Pack books by Carrie Ann Ryan so it was a piece of cake to pick up the Talon Pack ones.
The Talon Pack continues with a new twist to the Packs and a revelation no one was prepared for.
Mitchell Brentwood is aware that others think he’s the harsh taskmaster Beta trying to keep his Pack alive, but they only see what he wants them to know. He’d once thought he had his path laid out before him, but when his future was violently ripped away, he vowed he’d never let anyone close again—especially not a young wolf from a traitorous Pack.
Dawn Levin may be younger than the war that destroyed her people, but she knows she must still pay for their sins. She’s ready to find her way in this new world where wolves and humans blend as one, but first, she needs to fight her attraction to the dark wolf that stands in her way.
While the two struggle with their feelings and burning attraction for each other, they can’t ignore the world that shakes beneath their feet. There is a new enemy on the horizon, one with revenge and the unknown on their minds. An adversary that might be closer than they realize.
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And now I end my week with another werewolf. This was a quick read but hot and kept me interested throughout.
Mason’s inner wolf will go crazy without her. Lucy thinks he’s already crazy. Werewolves aren’t real. Right?
Lucy Morgan left Ashtown, Georgia, ten years ago and planned to never return. Unfortunately, life didn’t get that memo. She’s back and now painful memories follow her everywhere. Until she meets him. Mason Blackwood is over six feet of sinfully gorgeous man who—for some reason—wants her. He also thinks he’s a werewolf so… yeah. He’s crazypants. But when he wants to have his wicked way with her, his sanity doesn’t seem all that important anymore.
Mason isn’t sure how much longer he can remain Alpha over the Blackwood pack. Without a mate to balance him, his wolf snatches more control every day. It won’t be long before he loses himself to the animal entirely. Then he meets Lucy—a sassy, curvaceous beauty who calms his beast with a smile. One sniff is enough to tell him she’s his mate, and nothing will keep them apart.
Not even the pack’s deadliest enemy who’s determined to kill Lucy before Mason can claim her.
Aiko is coming in 3 Days!!
I can't believe we are days away from my first cupid to show up! I hope you and the rest of the world are ready for her! I certainly wasn't when she took up residence in my noggin.
This crazy idea started off so differently compared to how it turned out and I love how it did. Like most of my books, Aiko is different from previous stories and younger readers can read it. There is one spot with adult ideas but I kept it pretty vague.
So, while I'm patiently waiting for my paperback proofs to come in and for my release bagel and coffee, I am back to working on Bottoming Out. I'm almost done with the second draft of that bad boy and like all my other stories, I am in love with Jax and Len.
Swimming lessons start tomorrow for my kiddos so I might get a little work done while they are in the pool. Chances are, though, I may just read. My current read is N9NE by T.M. Frazier. I can't wait to see what she is going to put us through with this read!
Stay cool and have an awesome week!
What Brooke Read
Hello again and happy Friday!
I have three reads for you to wrap up this week. My days are always so busy that I'm glad I can read in the evenings while I work. I will be diving into Aiko's edits tomorrow morning, so I will be invisible until that is all packaged up and ready for release.
So, let's kick this off.
The first book I have for you is Cockloft by K.C. Lynn. Fire fighter, girly girl, and one hot and frustrating encounter made this story truly enjoyable! I had a difficult time putting this down.
A firefighter term used as a structural space above ceiling and below rafters, often connecting adjacent occupancies and permitting fire to spread laterally, often unseen.
Gabriel Martinez is the most arrogant and infuriating man I’ve ever met. He has a knee-weakening smirk that makes me want to kiss—no—slap it off his rude, sexy face. Judging by his ego, you’d think the hose in his pants is as big as the one on his fire truck. Not that I know anything about that nor do I want to. Nope, not at all. He’s already been forgotten like last season’s Michael Kors.
CeCe Kensington is as pretentious and spoiled as they come. The ridiculous purses she shoulders around are as big as her attitude. And don’t get me started on her mile-long legs or full, glossy lips that are meant to be wrapped around a guy’s… If she only knew the dirty things I think about doing to that sassy mouth of hers, she'd be hightailing it back to her side of town.
When the beautiful boutique owner and sexy firefighter meet in the most unlikely situation, their two worlds collide, creating an explosion of misperceptions and combustible heat, trapping them in a fire they never saw coming.
The next book is Downshift by Winter Travers. This story had a great thought process to it, but there were just a few things that hung me up. I enjoyed the overall story but the repetition of some words and the fact that everything seemed to revolve around eating, it pushed the story down to a 3.5 star read for me. I enjoyed the character dynamics and would love to see what comes next.
Luke Jensen lived on the wrong side of the tracks all his life, but that never stopped him from realizing his dream and making it a reality. Now, the King of the Street Racing scene, he finally has everything he wants and he won’t let anyone take it away from him.
Violet Barnes lived a sheltered life growing up, never fitting in except in the books that she loved. After losing her parents, she forges forward, creating her own little world, content in being alone.
When Violet stumbles into Luke’s shop, sparks fly but neither can let go of the hard lessons they learned growing up.
Will Violet give Luke a chance to prove he’s not just another gear head? Or will Luke write Violet off before they even have a chance to see that they both need to let go of their past, and focus on the future?
The last book I have is Chasing Fate by Charisse Spiers. This is a hot book, filled with sinful nights and an interesting chemistry between the characters. I'm not completely finished with it yet, but it doesn't mean I'm not having a difficult time putting it down.
My boots aren’t made for walkin’ they’re made to run . . .
Most like to call me emotionally absent. I’d like to think I’m just smart. Heartache is something I won’t have twice. Burn me once, shame on you, but burn me twice, shame on me. Love destroys a person. I decided early on emotional attachments were something I needed to steer clear of. Hookin’ up—that’s something I can do.
I was raised by the toughest, the emotionally shut off. I was raised by cowboys. Ranch hands and Daddy taught me everything I know.
Since I was old enough to walk I’ve been one of the boys. I can rope and ride with the best of ‘em. I know how to work by the sweat of my brow. I’ve been drinking grown men under the table since I was sixteen. I can flirt my way into a man’s bed with ease. And I push away like a pro. But let him look at me the way he does and nothing makes sense.
Fisher Austin—the college quarterback I met at a Halloween frat party. He tried to kiss me. Football players are off limits. My own personal rule. But every turn he’s there. Mutual friends make staying away difficult. He makes me question things. And that’s something I hate.
Finals week—home free. Three weeks. Daddy’s ranch. A summer that would change everything.
Camp starts means a free mom!
At least for two hours.
This week is going to be a crazy one. Workers will be taking over my kitchen tomorrow and Wednesday. My sister-in-law is going to be having my niece so my nephew will be hanging out with us, my boys are off to soccer camp for a couple hours each morning, I'm working on Bottoming Out, and hopefully, will be getting final edits in for Aiko to get it put together for next week's release.
I better take a breath now, right?
We are almost done with our yard work so we can go play on the mountains. We only need to set our pool up now and I can't wait to swim with my boys when it gets too hot.
I'm ready to go fishing and this week, we find out if we draw our elk tags. It is the first time I've ever put in and it is for archery. I'm nervous as well as super excited! I can't wait to help put meat in the freezer for my family again. I haven't hunted in a long time and I've missed it.
That's it for this Monday. I need to go pick up my kiddos.
See you Friday.
What Brooke Read
Second week of summer is coming to an end and I managed to get three books under my belt! I'd say that's a good start to my summer reading.
My first book was the newest by R.S. Grey, Coldhearted Boss. This story was fun, hot, and brought a realness with how hard life can be.
I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.
Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.
Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:
I know my boss.
Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.
Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.
He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.
It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.
Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.
A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.
My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.
My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.
My second read isn't out yet, but if you are a fan of intriguing vampires and mystery than The Librarian's Vampire Assistant books by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff are for you. The Librarian's Assistant, Michael, keeps getting more and more compelling. With the end of the last book, there are mysteries still out there to figure out that you don't miss a beat at the beginning of this story.
Mimi Jean keeps this story going strong with an interesting storyline and characters. A complete page turner until the end and even then, I was left wanting more.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BOSS JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD...
Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college student.
In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. (She is, after all, his biggest weakness.)
With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic frightens her.
With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her. Without her knowing.
Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?
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My last read is Trouble at Bradshaw High by Meagan Brandy. If you enjoyed Fallen Crest books by Tijan then you will like this world Meagan has crafted. Filled with questions, danger, off the charts steam, this is the second book of this must read series.
"You don't belong."
No words whispered in anger have ever rung more true.
They're the Kings of Brayshaw with the world at their feet, destined for greatness and in need of control.
I'm the girl from the gutter with nothing to offer and as defiant as they come.
They say it doesn't matter, that I'm one of them now, and nothing could ever change that. Not even me, should I dare try.
But they're wrong.
They underestimate how far I'll go to protect them.
Trouble is coming...and they have no idea.
What a way to start the week!
No mancrush for you today. I do have one up on my Facebook page if you want to see who was picked for this week though. This weeks started off with a typical walk for the boys and I and lead to us calling the police department and saving 13 to 14 ducklings! I'm not sure the actual number because we took off to find momma when there were still a few stuck. Sadly, we didn't find her but she did get ten of them back. She already had about ten with her when she was panicked and trying to get the rest of her babies.
I'm not a bird lover but I can't very well let anything happen to those babies. Thanks to the older gentleman who's yard they were living in, a police officer, an animal control officer, and myself we saved them.
That's about as exciting as it gets around here so far. And now I'm writing this blog post before I go outside to fill in a hole the husband left for me yesterday. My rewrite of another chapter of Bottoming Out is finished for the day, I'm counting down the days till Aiko's release, and getting ready to hang out with my kiddos.
Have a great week!
What Brook Read
For the first week of summer, my children didn't try to kill one another. I'll call it successful. Now, I hope the following weeks will be the same.
I have two stories for you this week. The first one is for free!
Whiskey Secrets by Carrie Ann Ryan was a great read. I love the worlds Carrie Ann creates and can't wait to read the second book in this series.
Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.
Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.
The second book is Maneuver by Chelle Bliss. I like her Men of Inked books and I LOVED this story.
He’s always been the player… but he’s about to get played.
Growing up on the rough Southside of Chicago, I learned how to play the field. Between my rugged good-looks, rock-hard body, and panty-melting smile, I was used to getting my way.
…But then she walked into my club.
I may have grown up with the finer things in life, but that doesn’t mean I take crap from anyone. I’m tough as nails, fiercely independent, and am never afraid to speak my mind.
…But then then he stormed into my life.
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What a ManCrush Monday
Who doesn't want to cuddle up with him?
The rains finally let up and now we have sunshine and warmth finally! I'm not sure how long we will have it but my husband and I took advantage of it over the weekend and got a ton of yard work done.
He wanted to transplant our chokecherry trees but they didn't survive him so we bought a maple and honeysuckle to replace them. I can't wait to watch them grow!
School's out for summer and my soon-to-be sixth grader is doing his best to tolerate his soon-to-be kindergartener brother. We took them to a carnival over the weekend with some family and my oldest loved the mean machine! The one ride my husband and I wanted to take him on wasn't up and running (that was the story with many of the rides), but the boys had fun and that's what counts.
Monday has brought us more sunshine and even though we haven't put our pool up yet we are going to enjoy it with the sprinkler today. I'm working on second drafts for the summer and only working on one chapter a day so not to steal too much time away from my kiddos. Bottoming Out (Moto X 4) is the first to be worked on this summer and I forgot how much I loved this story. I'm also gearing up for Aiko's release. Edits should be in soon and if you signed up for an ARC, it will be on a kindle near you by the end of the week next week.
That's all I have for today.
Have a wonderful week.