First look: All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause (plus excerpt and contest!)

Hello readers,

What She Reads Blog has a special surprise today! Thanks to Barclay publicity myself and many bloggers through out the web have the chance to bring this special FIRST look at Chelsey Krause’s new title All Shook Up to your eyes!


“Friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element in this humorous and heartwarming romantic comedy!” If that doesn’t have you excited for this new release don’t worry! There’s more where that came from.

Allow me to introduce to you an inside look at this fabulous, heartwarming, and all together genius romantic comedy.

All Shook Up
Author: Chelsey Krause
Publisher: Tryst Books
Release date: August 17, 2016
Genre: Contemp. Romance

About the book:

Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?

In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.

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EXCERPT

I stare up at the house for a moment, my hands shaking on the steering wheel, wondering what I’ve got myself into. I do some breathing exercises to calm down, pick up the box, and get out of the car. I can barely stand, my legs are so wobbly.

Maybe I’m working myself up over nothing. So what if the woman in the picture looks like me? It could be a coincidence.

Or maybe, just maybe…

I walk slowly up the driveway and knock on the door, my heart racing. After a couple of minutes, I knock again. Maybe they aren’t home? Maybe they didn’t hear me? I try the doorbell.

After a minute, I hear heavy, muffled footsteps.

Oh god. I should have worn a better outfit. I quickly smooth my hair with my free hand and stand a bit taller. Am I going to meet my birth mother? Or, at the very least, an aunt or something? Or my grandmother? Although, if someone cared enough to take these pictures and put them in an album, why would they throw them away? Is that the sort of person I want to meet?

The door swings open. The person standing in front of me is most definitely not a granny.

“Can I help you?” he asks as he rubs his eyes.

“Oh, I, umm…”

My brain has stalled.

He shouldn’t be the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen. But for some reason, he is. He looks like he’s in his late twenties, maybe early thirties. He isn’t wearing anything that spectacular, just a plain T-shirt and fleece pants. And his dark eyebrows are a bit thick for my liking.

But those lips…thin on top, full on the bottom, framed by a cleft chin and dark stubble. And those brown eyes fringed with black lashes…

He blinks. “Okay, then. Well, if that’s all…” He starts to close the door.

“Does this belong to you?” I yelp. I shove the box into his chest. He takes a half step back and sneezes as the dust flies up around him.

He frowns. “Is this the crap I took to the thrift store?” With a confused look on his face, he hands the box back to me and crosses his arms. He leans on the door frame, making his biceps strain against his T-shirt. His entire left arm is covered in swirling blue and green tattoos. “How did you find where I live?” he asks cautiously. He has a hint of an accent. Scottish, maybe?

I roll my eyes. “Don’t flatter yourself, I’m not stalking you.”

He smirks. “Good. I’ve already got too many stalkers.”

About Chelsey Krause

 

Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.

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Book 1: From Gods by Mary Ting

If you haven’t already read this book or any of the other books from Mary Ting’s Descendant Prophecies series you are surely missing out!

I do not just ask this of you but I beg you guys to give it a chance. It has got to be one the most enthralling books I’ve read in a while. It was so refreshing to finally read something caught my attention and kept it for so long.

This book gave me a little of a Percy Jackson feel. Funny because I’ve never read those books just watched the movies.

Mary Ting totally crushed it. If you like anything pertaining to mythology… You will love this series.

This is a recommendation. I will be posting my review shortly.

July Book Challenge: Nostalgia

July 9th: Nostalgia

I’m going to have to go with the one and only series that took up my childhood and still invades my adult life. Can you guess? It’s only the most magical place in the whole readers universe…

HARRY POTTER.

Thank you for all the memories, good times and escapes from reality. Harry Potter helped to create the best childhood I could have asked for.

Ps. Ravenclaw all day! ❤

Book Review: To Trust a Wolf

Author: Danielle Hardgrave
Publication Date: June 3 2016
Publisher: Caldwell Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: I’d like to thank Danielle Hardgrave for allowing me to honestly review her work.

Review:  To Trust a Wolf really made it hard for me to write this review. I’ll tell you why. Helen Jurist is an archivist who works in a museum. Rune Helsen is a donor who at first Helen is not fond of because he pays he ways into an exhibit that should be off limits for the time being.

Now, this story was short. An when I say short I mean very very short. The beginning of the story wasn’t exactly attention catching but I will say that it’s not the case for the whole read. Once Rune is introduced the story line becomes alive.

Obviously because this is a paranormal romance we can deduce that someone here has a secret and that someone is Rune. He’s tall, dark and wolfishly handsome… see what I did there ;)?

The story is so short that I can’t say much without giving the whole thing away. Overall I just wish there was more to the story. The ending killed me. Why? Because I was finally getting in to the book and BAM it was over. It felt more like an introduction to a story than a whole story. If that makes sense? I will say that Danielle has an amazing plot here and I know that if she continues the book or makes it in to a saga she’s got a killer series right in the palm of her hands.

I wish her the best of luck and I hope that her next story really knocks this out of the park! While it was a short read I could feel the potential simmering beneath.

I’m giving this novella a 3 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Dex A Kinky Shine Novel #1

Author: Stephanie Witter
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Stephanie Witter
Genre: Romance
Source: I requested and received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Okay I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m a sucker for the whole bad ass rockstar boyfriend thing. Seriously I love it. I love to see a man involved in the rockstar lifestyle fall for a woman who changes his whole crazy word upside down… and accidentally make it up side right?? If you catch my drift.

Dex is a part and the lead singer of Kinky Shine. He meets Harley on a bad day because he has to do an interview with her for her blog… being a rockstar and all of course he hates that stuff. However, it turns out that Harley is more than just some small time blogger. Not only does she have a degree in communications, a blog with 500 thousand+ followers her father also happens to be the manager of Kinky Shine.

“Tell me something,” he said slowly, his eyes taking in every inch of my face thoroughly before he eyed my conservative looking top and went back to my eyes mostly hidden by my ugly-ass fake glasses. “Who’re you fucking?”

I blinked. “Huh?”

He smirked at me, the left side of his mouth curving upward, carving in his cheek a very sexy dimple.

Yes ladies and gents you read that excerpt correctly. That is literally Dex’s first encounter with Harley. Of course once he realizes who her father is and realizes that she’s not a groupie who made her way to the top by opening her legs he feels like a complete ass. Harley can’t seem to forget the grumpy, douchebag, and totally sexy rockstar and Dex can’t seem to forget the only woman who has made his insides stir in a long time.

This story had it’s parts where I thought it was a tad cheesy maybe even rushed..but I’ll tell you what… I liked it. Dex was sexy, mysterious and dangerous but he loved Harley more than anything. Harley was an innocent compared to her rockstar man but that didn’t stop her from diving head first in to their relationship. A relationship that was filled with doubt, trust issues and complications from Dex’s famous lifestyle.

How can a man and a woman from two separate worlds last the battle field of love while also dealing with a band that’s falling apart, a grungy lead singer who has more trust issues than he can count and a young girl who can’t seem to care even when her heart is on the line? Pick up this book and find out.

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars due to some parts that I found weren’t 100% believable. This may be different for everyone.

This is book #1 in her Kinky Shine series.

Book Review: Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive

Author: Ann Mayburn
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing, LLC
Genre: Romance, erotica
Source: I requested and received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Woo!! Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive was beyond steamy. Alexandr Novikov, next in line to being ruler of the Novikov Bratva (mob of sorts) is the epitome of tall dark and handsome. He leads with an iron fist but loves with all the compassion in the world. Ann Mayburn has you wondering throughout the whole book how it is possible for such a cruel man to have a heart so big.

Jessica Venture is an Irish American woman who has found blood family in Ireland. She moves to Dublin with her uncle Peter and her aunt Mary hoping to find a close connection to these people now that her parents have passed. She ends up finding much more than that. Not only is she a beauty with her green eyes and fiery red hair she’s got a light inside of her that shines so bright. It’s hard for Alexandr to ignore this beauty when he walks in to Peter’s bar.

From the moment they laid eyes on each other Alex knew that this woman was destined to be his and Jessica felt a longing that ran deeper than the ocean. With his firm but tender loving Alex had me falling in love with a mere character and that was how I knew that this book was beyond the five star rating I have given it. When I can long for a person that I know isn’t even real I know that the author has done something right. An I can say that Ann Mayburn has created a world full of hot wild sex, raw passionate love and dangerous mob dealings and even with the craziness that Alex has to endure to be with Jessica and that Jessica has to endure to be with Alex never once did I not wish for a love so deep.

I will say this I loved this book and even though it is the third in her Cherish Sub series I didn’t feel lost not one bit. However there was A KILLER cliff hanger and I will be buying the second part to Alexandr and Jessica’s love story. I can’t say much without giving spoilers but PLEASE if you love hot wild sex, passionate love and an all around dangerous novel that leaves you wanting for more go and get this book! You will not regret it… honest.

P.S This does have sexual situations in which they share with other partners. If that is a deal breaker for you than maybe you should reconsider. I will say I usually don’t go for that kind of thing but I LOVED THIS BOOK. 🙂

5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: The Purest Hook

Author: Scarlett Cole
Publication Date: May 3 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Romance
Source: I requested and received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review:  The Purest Hook is the third book in a stand alone series by Scarlett Cole. I haven’t even read the first two books (however I plan to now) so I wouldn’t worry about being lost. I still loved this book beyond words can describe.

Dred the male lead and Pix the female heartbreaker are beyond amazing. They start off as a lustful attraction and end up crashing head first in to the biggest romance of their lives. Both of our lovely characters have had hard lives. Dred grew up as an orphan and Scarlett had an abusive step father that tormented her life even after he was long gone.

Dred’s a bad ass lead singer/guitarist  in a band called Preload and Pix is a receptionist for Second Circle a tattoo shop owned by men who saved her from a hellish life that she was barely surviving.

When you read the first chapter you can already tell that there’s more to Pix and Dred than just lust. I felt the instant connection so deeply that I knew that this book was going to be apart of the rare few that I fell in love with. It’s not often that I get to read a book (Arc especially) and it completely takes my breath away. Even with all the drama and baggage that both Dred and Pix cary with them on a daily there was no denying the undying love that these two eventually formed for one another.

I can’t say much without giving spoilers away but if you’re looking for a sexy rockstar and a strong yet shy beauty that create a romance that will knock you off your feet then The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole is a must have for your library collection!

I’m giving this book a steaming 5 out of 5 stars!