Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts~ A Discovery of Witches

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not.

This week I’m featuring A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness {pg. 140-141}. Matthew, a vampire, and Diana, a witch, are having dinner together for the first time. While I personally am not a fan of salmon {or any fish for that matter}, I liked this scene.

“Matthew picked up his knife and fork and speared a piece of fish. Watching him from under my lashes to see if he could actually eat it, I piled a bit of pickle, a caper, and some salmon on the back of my own fork.
‘You don’t eat like an American,’ he commented after he’d taken a sip of wine.
‘No,’ I said, looking at the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right. ‘I expect I’ve spent too much time in England. Can you really eat this?’ I blurted, unable to stand it anymore.
He laughed. ‘Yes, I happen to like smoked salmon.’
‘But you don’t eat everything,’ I insisted, turning my attention back to my plate.
‘No,’ he admitted, ‘but I can manage a few bites of most food. It doesn’t taste like much to me, though, unless it’s raw.'”

How do you feel about fish?

Review: Only Her

Only Her Book Cover Only Her
K2 Team #5
Sandra Owens
Fiction; Romance
Montlake Romance
July 19, 2016
NetGalley; Montlake Romance

From Net Galley:

This is a sweet romance about two troubled people who are drawn together.

Cody came back from the war suffering from PTSD, unable to remember a trauma causing him nightmares. He has no intention of getting involved with anyone and wants to shut himself away with his dogs.

Riley has issues of her own from her tragic past. A dedicated veterinarian, Riley focuses her time and energy on her practice and her own cats.

Cody and Riley are drawn together from the moment they meet. While Cody is drawn to Riley’s feisty attitude, it is her vulnerability that ultimately draws him in, plus the need to protect her from a very really threat.

The characters are well developed and the story line is believable, which helps to draw you in. The development of the relationship between Cody and Riley happens over time and, though their attraction is immediate, the depth of feeling grows and is not an instant love.

This is the 5th book in a series, but can easily be read as a stand alone.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book from Net Galley and the publisher {Montlake Romance} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Top Ten Tuesday~ If I Could Buy Them All

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! And the first one in August {I know I am not alone in wondering how the heck it is August already}. This week I will be joining up with The Broke and the Bookish to share the top 10 books I would buy today if someone handed me a fully charged gift card. This is probably the easiest top 10 I’ve done in a while!

There are a few series that I have been dying to read, so if money was no object, I would by the complete series…

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)  The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)  Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)  The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

The Raven Cycle

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)  Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)  Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

The Lunar Chronicles

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)  City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)  City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Mortal Instruments {and beyond}

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)  Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2)  Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)

The Guardians Trilogy

Then there are the books that I’ve read and adored but don’t own in physical form {either library haul or Kindle}…

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars #1)

Nora & Kettle

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)


The Graces (The Graces, #1)

The Graces

And finally there are the ones I am just flat out wishing for…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe {technically this would be a pre-order}

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

What would you buy?

Review: Forged in Smoke

Forged in Smoke Book Cover Forged in Smoke
Red-Hot Seals #3
Trish McCallan
Fiction, Romance
Montlake Romance
July 19, 2016
NetGalley; Montlake Romance

from Net Galley:


Take a hot Navy Seal, a socially awkward scientist, a personal mission and add in a bit of paranormal and you’ve got a book that equals my favorite type of romance. This book has all that and more!

Rawls is passionate about protecting his country, his team and the people in his care. He is strong, dynamic and can take out the bad guys. He also has a hefty dose of guilt and baggage that he carries with him from the past. And in his desire to protect the rest of his team from a threat they can’t see, he isolates himself and puts his own life at risk. He is the classic military hero who would give his life for his team and the woman he loves.

Faith is a brilliant scientist who has been kept isolated most of her life due to her own baggage. She is skeptical of anything that she can’t prove scientifically and not sure how to interact with the other people she is suddenly living with. While she seems to be timid and weak, when push comes to shove she’s as strong as steel. As she experiences life with team and is exposed to more unexplainable phenomena, she adapts her scientific mindset to allow for the existence of the paranormal.

With the rest of Rawls’ team and the people they care for, the tension, action and passion carry the reader through the story. Earlier stories are continued and future stories are planted while the team works to defeat a powerful terrorist group who may have the means to take over the world.

This is the third book in a series, and while the story picks up where the previous book leaves off, it can be read on it’s own with enough information to understand what is happening. Though I think the story flows best is read in order to catch all of the nuances and character development. I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to find out what happens next for Rawls and Faith, as well as their friends and teammates.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through Net Galley and the publisher {Montlake Romance}. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday Update #16


I will once again be linking up with It’s Monday! What are You Reading? hosted by The Book Date.


Recently Completed:

Liars, Inc.      Never Forgotten Love (Second Chances #1)      It Was Me All Along: A Memoir      Forged in Smoke (Red-Hot SEALs, #3)      Only Her (K2 Team #5)

Liars, Inc.//Never Forgotten Love//It Was Me All Along//Forged in Smoke//Only Her

Currently Reading:

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)      Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)      Broken Pieces      A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)      One Less Problem Without You: A Novel

Nevernight//Illuminae//Broken Pieces//A Discovery of Witches//One Less Problem Without You

Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives      One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft

Run Like a Girl//One Year to a Writing Life

Up Next on the TBR:

One with You (Crossfire, #5)     The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)     Letters from Paris     The One and Only     Sweet Reunion (Hope Falls, #1)     June

One With You//The Lightning Thief//Letters from Paris//The One and Only//Sweet Reunion//June


**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Sunday Post #13

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

Not a lot happened this week, basically just the usual… lots of reading and filling out job applications. Of course, this was a Cheshire week, so I also spent quality time snuggled up to my little furball.
I was a little under the weather mid-week, so I basically just relaxed and tried to keep from melting in the heat. Unfortunately my parent’s house does not have air conditioning and while the weather in the Pacific Northwest is normally pretty mild, it can get hot between July and September. Thankfully we haven’t seen triple digits yet, but we have been seeing high 90’s. Add in peri-menopausal hot flashes and I’m having a great time! Seriously though, I pretty much live in front of the fan and eat a lot of fruit and ice cream lol.

Last Week on the Blog:

Sunday Post #12
Monday Update #15
Top Ten Tuesday~ Inspiring Reads
Review: The Graces
Review: Seducing Summer by Serenity Woods
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #5~ Liar’s Inc.
A Collection of Random Observations
Stacking the Shelves #6

This Week on the Blog:

Monday Update #16
Top Ten Tuesday~ I Want it NOW
Thirsty Thursday #6
Friday 56 #3
Stacking the Shelves #7

This Week’s Reviews:

Forged in Smoke
Only Her
Broken Pieces

Book of the Week:

Liars, Inc.

Quote of the Week:

“I don’t make to-do lists, but if I did, today’s would have gone somethings like this: 1. get drunk, 2. get laid, 3. go surfing (not necessarily in that order). Noticeably absent from the list: get arrested. And yet here I am, spending my eighteenth birthday with my back against the wall of the Colonel’s hunting cabin, two FBI agents prowling the dark with their guns drawn, both trying to get me to confess to the murder of my friend Preston DeWitt.”

Max, Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes p. 3

Last Week’s Goals:

Again, I was successful with my goals. I was able to complete 4 books, spent some great quality time with Cheshire, gathered a bunch of different props to use for Bookstagram photos, and added some core work to my current fitness routine.

This Week’s Goals:

Comment on at least 7 different blogs
Complete at least 4 books
Build onto current strength routine
Donate used books

Notable Posts from the Blog World:

How to Appropriately and Effectively Recommend Books from Paper Fury
All or Nothing: Always Good or Bad? from Debbish Dot Com
Discussion Post: I Don’t Take My Time Reading Anymore from My Thoughts…Literally
The Special Edition from Beauty and the Bookshelf
Spotlight on: Motivation, Determination and WORDS from Stardust and Words

Stacking the Shelves #6


One of the best things about Saturday’s is getting to join up with the team at Tynga’s Reviews to share my bookish haul from the week.

eARCs for Review:

Faultlines      Forged in Smoke (Red-Hot SEALs, #3)      Broken Pieces: A Novel      Only Her (K2 Team #5)      Finding Myself in Britain

Faultlines//Forged in Smoke//Broken Pieces//Only Her//Finding Myself in Britain

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers      Buzz Books 2016: Romance      Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter

Unlocking Worlds//Buzz Books 2016 Romance//Buzz Books 2016 YA

Thank you to:
Net Galley
Publishers Lunch
Griffins Wharf
Authentic Media
Montlake Romance
Lake Union Publishing

Physical Books Purchased:

One with You (Crossfire, #5)      Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

One With You//Me Before You

eBooks Purchased:

Angels & Whiskey (Saddles & Racks, #1)      Sweet Harmonies (Hope Falls, #2)      Oz: The Complete Collection

Angels & Whiskey//Sweet Harmonies//Oz: The Complete Collection


**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

A Collection of Random Observations


This post is inspired by the Thinking Out Loud meme from Running with Spoons.

Free stock photo of person, woman, hand, relaxing

~ I admit that I expected a lot of the free Kindle books to be pretty cheesy or poorly written, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the ones that I have read so far.

~ It should also be noted that most of the free Kindle books are first in a series, with the rest of the series ranging in price. I actually really like this because I can try the series first without being out any money, and then buy the others if I want them.

~ Since half of my reading is on the Kindle now, I’ve been trying to determine if I read faster with the e-book or the physical book. At this point I really can’t tell, I think it’s fairly even.

Free stock photo of black-and-white, books, vintage, stack

~ One thing I do know, it is much harder for me to skim ahead with e-books! I always skim ahead with physical books {which is probably why I don’t enjoy mysteries as much}, but with the Kindle it’s awkward to skim ahead, so I have no spoilers.

~ Moving on to something other than the Kindle, I’ve noticed that my OCD has been showing itself a lot lately. I’ve always had some mild OCD tendencies about certain things, but since I have been focusing more on my self-care and working with a plan each day, it has really kicked in. To be fair, it’s not bad, just that I have to do certain things in a certain order each day {like the way I open my applications on my computer and the order of the tabs in my browser}.

~ Related to the above, due to my short attention span, I tend to rotate through tasks and projects throughout the day… and they are always in the same order. Sometimes I try to mix it up a little and start with something different, but I always find myself shifting back to my original order.

Free stock photo of hands, feet, books, magazines

~ My short attention span is also the reason I read multiple books at a time and switch between them.

~ I am making a big effort with my Bookstagram account right now {if you follow me, you might have noticed}. Since I don’t have a lot of my own stuff available to use for props, I asked my mom if I could borrow a few things. She completely surprised me by going through all of her stuff and finding all kinds of things I could use.

~ While you are reading this, I am currently snuggled up with Cheshire and probably reading. I have wifi for the phone while I’m at my brother’s, but no computer access, so all blogging is scheduled in advance on my Cheshire weeks.

Well, I  think I’ve revealed enough with this post…

Are you on Bookstagram?

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #5~ Liars Inc.

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not.

This week I am featuring Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes {p. 70}.

“I didn’t realize how starving I was until I pulled into my driveway ten minutes later, I left the gear in the car and took the porch steps in a single leap. My whole family was at the table, throwing back bacon-wrapped chicken nuggets and green beans. Amanda was going through a vegetarian phase, something probably inspired by Parvati, so Darla had cooked her a veggie burger in addition to the beans.
I grabbed a clean plate from the dishwasher and helped myself to the chicken nuggets….”

This is not what I would consider a really appetizing meal, though I like chicken nuggets. Green beans are one of the few vegetables I don’t like… and I’ve never been fond of veggie burgers. Would you eat this?


Review: Seducing Summer by Serenity Woods

Seducing Summer Book Cover Seducing Summer
The Four Seasons #1
Serenity Woods
Fiction; Romance
February 14, 2016

When a CEO falls in love with her PA, it can only lead to trouble…

Callie Summer, CEO of The Four Seasons lingerie business, is in shock. She’d expected her new PA to be a middle-aged frump, but Jean turns out to be Gene, and he’s neither middle-aged, nor anything like a frump. When the gorgeous Bond-lookalike insists he’ll be the perfect companion on her business trip around the country, Callie agrees to give him a trial. Having recently found her ex in bed with another woman, she’s not looking for love. But a little bit of private lusting never did anyone any harm.

Once a military journalist with the New Zealand Army, Gene now runs his own security firm. Hired by Callie’s mother, Phoebe, to secretly protect her daughter after Phoebe receives death threats against her family, Gene finds his work cut out for him. Callie’s as delectable as she is infuriating, and his urge to seduce her fights with his duty to keep her safe.

It’s not long before they give in to their passion, and the weather isn’t the only thing that turns hot and sultry as they travel further north. But Gene can’t keep his identity a secret from Callie forever. And when an attempt is finally made on her life, the truth threatens to break them apart.

Warning: it grows hotter and hotter as they travel north through the country. So does the weather.

This was a super sweet romance, the first in a series of 4 set in New Zealand.

Callie is a businesswoman, running a lingerie company with her friends. She knows what she’s doing in the business world, but can be out of her depth in matters of the heart. Gene is working undercover as Callie’s PA and has also had troubles of his own in the romance department.

The pair hit it off immediately and set out full of flirting and teasing. They both show a lot of humor and respect as they interact. Their attraction to each other is there from the start, though both try to fight it. Gene is reluctant to get involved because he is trying to protect Callie, Callie feels rejected by Gene’s resistance.

Ultimately, once they connect, that’s it. They both remain committed to each other no matter what is thrown at them.

I am excited to see where this series goes, watching Gene and Callie evolve as we get to know Callie’s friends better in further installments.

As this was a free book for Kindle on Amazon, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as quality, but it was well written and a lot of fun.