Munro MacLawry has always lived up to his nickname “Bear.” Strong and brawny, he’s known in his clan to be fiercely protective. Sadly for him, each of his siblings becomes “less highlander” as they get married, and Bear is left rowdy and alone with no one to protect. That is, until a routine hunt leads to the most alluring of creatures…
Catriona MacColl doesn’t care to amuse the brash, strong, and sexy highlander she stumbles upon in the woods. She’s too busy hiding with her sister from marriage into English society. Already well-equipped with a bull’s-eye shot, she doesn’t need a protector, no matter how badly her body burns for him. But as Cat’s boyish nature gives way to her more feminine desires, she’ll have to stop fighting the tide and listen to her heart….
Source: netgalley via publisher, St. Martin’s Press. This galley was given to me in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are my own.
WHY I’VE BEEN GONE
I don’t talk about this too openly really but if you know me somewhat outside of the blog you know about my mom. I won’t go into a lot of detail but the last three years have been a long fight for my entire family. . . here’s a bit of what has been happening:
It was right around three years ago she got diagnosed with oral cancer. Something generally seen in heavy smokers and drinkers, my mom who has never smoked and rarely drank was diagnosed with it. At first it was very scary. I’ve had an aunt (one of my mom’s sisters) who had and overcame cancer and my grandmother ( my mom’s mom) who lost her battle but this was my mom. The person I never thought would leave. We started going to appointments left and right and they went with a less evasive approach, electing to only remove the cancerous area and do some radiation in the area.
Fast forward a year later and my mom had what we thought was a severe sinus infection. Her ENT wouldn’t give her antibiotics saying her body needed to try to fight it itself because of her radiation and her lymph nodes began to swell. Her oncologist ordered a CT and it was what we feared. Her cancer was back but this time it was wrapped around her artery and pushing on her vocal chords. We were referred to MD Anderson where she started a large number of tests, several horrible rounds of chemotherapy, followed by 6 weeks of re-radiation of her neck when my parents temporarily moved to Houston and during which we unexpectedly lost one of my aunts-one of my mom’s sisters. She pulled through it all. I’m not going to say there weren’t hard times but as a family we got through it. When she went back for her scans after radiation? It was back again.
When it came back again it was in her spinal area, tailbone, and a few spots in her lungs. They sent her home to do weekly treatments to “maintain” the cancer. They moved on to the point of they could not longer cure her but they could hopefully maintain the size and keep it from growing. After a few months of this treatment a new scan revealed not only growth but new spots again. We moved on to her last chance for treatment, a clinical trial drug. After one treatment of this she seemed to feel ok but lost her appetite completely and lost so much weight and grew so weak that we had to bring her to the hospital. It was there we discovered the cancer have grown even more and that if she wanted to be able to eat she would need to have a feeding tube. After a tough family conversation and following my mom’s request she elected to not have a feeding tube and to go home with hospice. Four days later she was gone.
There are two distinct memories I will have from my mom’s disease. One, I was the one who found her when she had just received the news and she was crying alone at home. Two, that I was the one with her when she had passed. But now? Now I’m 33 and I’ve lost my mom. There are a lot of what ifs I’m asking myself constantly and doing my best to process them.
So. . .this is why slowly I’ve faded from the blog but I’m still here and I will be back soon as I will slowly start to gain speed again so stick with me and I will get there. My mother is where I got my love of reading from and I plan on continuing to read as it is something I can do to remind me of her daily. Thank you to everyone who offered kind words, thoughts, prayers, etc. They were always welcomed and appreciated and I will not forget it.
First & Then by Emma Mills
Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.
SOURCE: ARC from publisher for review (Thank you!)
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Release Date: September 2, 2015
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.
SOURCE: ARC via publisher for review (Thank you!)
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week I’m waiting on. . .
Lydia Kincaid’s shipping back to Boston, but she’s not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother’s a firefighter and, more important, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one, and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother’s handsome friend Aidan.
Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He’s had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him, it’s her. Aside from being his mentor’s daughter, she’s his best friend’s sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can’t uncross.
As Aidan and Lydia’s flirtation turns into something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter’s wife was the hardest thing she’s ever done, and she doesn’t know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can’t imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he’ll have to decide who’s first in his heart.
Source: egalley from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review (thank you!)
Release Date: August 25, 2015