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{Meme} Top 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me In Some Way

Since I have been nominated to do this list a few times on Facebook, I thought I would make it this weeks Top 10 Tuesday post instead.

The rules are don’t take longer than 10 mins and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books, just ones that impacted you somehow, then tag a friend to play!

Some my list is below:

The firebird by Sophie Masson
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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
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The house of Comarre series by Kristen Painter
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Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
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Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren
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The Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner
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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
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A Bun for Barney (Childhood book)
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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The black jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop (or anything she writes really)
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My list can also be found here among many others.

{Meme} Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read New Adult

The new adult category is something that I went into half minded since it is different for everyone that reads it.

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However the general category description is about characters in the age range of 18-25, leaving home for the first time, going to college, discovering things about themselves living in the real world, taking a chance with a first love. If I have forgotten anything I’m sorry but that is just my overview of the category (nothing official here)

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Below is a list of new adult books that I have read and would pass onto someone else.

1) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (review)

2) Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (review)

3) Thoughtless by S. C. Stephens (review)

4) Collide by Gail McHugh (review)

5) Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard (review)

6) Hopless by Colleen Hoover (or anything by Colleen Hoover really) (review)

7) A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers (review)

8) Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (review)

9) Real by Katy Evans (review)

10) Promises Hurt by Elle Brook (review)

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{Meme} Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

As it is not summer here where I am, I will be skipping this weeks top ten Tuesday list.

However over the winter months I would possibly like to finishing reading the following books:

  1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Review)
  2. Beautiful Disaster by Francette Phal
  3. Out of Reach by Missy Johnson
  4. The Billionaire Banker by Georgia Le Carre
  5. Reasonable Doubt vol 1 by Whitney Gracia Williams
  6. Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller
  7. Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
  8. The Professional by Kresley Cole
  9. Fate by Nikki Sex
  10. Fueled by K. Bromberg

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{Blog Tour} Beautiful Disaster (The Bet 1)

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Synopsis

They created the game but eighteen year old Nicholas Grayson mastered the rules.

They are young and entitled and utterly bored with their lives, so they play games to entertain themselves. They call it the “bet” and new girl Ellie Holbrook is their latest target. Ellie is not the kind of girl Nicholas dates, but she is pretty enough to be his next conquest and so he sets out to seduce her and claim a nice little prize at the end. But her seduction proves difficult when she openly rejects his advances. In his dogged pursuit of her he slowly finds himself in her small circle of trusted friends and meets her two year old daughter, Sophie.

Life takes a startling turn for Nicholas when he realizes his happiness now lies with the young mother and her daughter. Falling in love with Ellie isn’t something Nicholas ever thought could happen to him and he’s completely frightened at how fiercely she makes him feel. But before he can further examine those emotions and clearly process them, enemies from Nicholas’s personal circle of friends conspire to tear them apart and he must now decide whether their love is worth saving or allow his friends to take away the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him.

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ExcerptNicholas Grayson wasn’t a nice person. In fact one could call him an asshole and he wouldn’t dispute it. He was as jaded as they come, eighteen years old, with a moral compass fixed permanently on diabolical. He was an emotional cripple with the personality of a cactus. He understood his faults and embraced each one with gusto.

His goals in life were to piss off his parents, break a few laws and generally screw his way through life. He was a good looking kid, born with movie star looks, a little James Dean with Brando’s swagger thrown into the mix to make the female populace of John Edgar High swoon.

He was fully aware of his power over the fairer sex and he used that knowledge for his own selfish end.

It was a game his group of friends played and Nicholas excelled at it. He’d slept with nearly every girl on campus, seduced each and every one with practiced ease that had become second nature, like breathing.

The sex was initially meant to stave off boredom; another vice to add to the growing list of evils he’d accumulated over the years. But then, like all things in his life, sex had become nauseatingly easy to obtain.

“Nicky.” The breathy call of his name had Nicholas peering over his shoulder where Maddie Tate, “Fatty Maddie,” as she was known by many in his circle, looked at him with sickening adoration.

Lounging across his king sized mattress in post-coital bliss, she looked every bit the sated lover with her tousled cinnamon red hair, flushed face, and gleaming azure eyes. She was in love with him. Had been for quite some time now and would undoubtedly do anything he asked of her.

It would take nothing to manipulate her and bend her to his will. Nicholas was sure that she would follow him. Therefore the seduction of Maddie Tate hadn’t taken much doing. The fact is Nicholas had been feeling charitable at the time. She was just another notch in this game he’s come to master; another pawn to use and discard when he was finished. He’d made a video of all their sordid acts just as he always had done and stood to win five hundred dollars for his troubles. Chump change as far as he was concerned but a win nevertheless.

“N-Nicholas…,” the voice was little hesitant this time. He heard the rustling of sheets as she rose.

“Get out.” This was the part he relished the most. Devil that he was, he caught the hitch of her breath and reveled in it.

“I…um…did I do something wrong?”

He took a moment tinkering with the camera before turning to give her his undivided attention, mouth curling into a bastardized version of a smile. “Well.” He moved with effortless grace, swagger unmatched, open and welcoming in contrast to the calculated, almost predatory look in his diamond grey eyes. “You didn’t bore me completely.”

Her face crumpled. The ensuing expression nearly heartbreaking as tears welled. If he cared he would’ve felt something other than this deep rooted annoyance and sudden need to see her out of his bedroom. “Now, please get your shit and get out.” It didn’t take long after that. Shoving him aside with surprising strength she gathered her things and was out like a shot.

Now, Nicholas figured, she’d grow to hate him like so many of the others who’d come before her.

It was what he did best. Fuck ‘em and leave ‘em. He lived by those words, using a slightly different variation out of the bedroom.

He was his father’s child after all; he had learned about screwing people from the master himself. Grabbing the half emptied bottle of whiskey from his dresser Nicholas made his way to the balcony in his bedroom. He took a mouthful, and then another, feeling decidedly better as each swig burned a warm path down his throat. Maneuvering himself over the balcony’s ledge he sat precariously over the edge, legs dangling four stories over the gleaming pool below. A deprecating smile tugged at his lips and Nicholas knew his demons were not far. He could hear the menacing gait of their hooved feet making a steady trek to the forefront of his mind, carrying with them memories he would sooner forget.

Shit, he was feeling maudlin. Why? He hadn’t the slightest idea. Only that the memories refused to be quelled, refused to be inundated by the liquor as per usual. The sudden image of his father fleeted across his vision and Nicholas gave a humorless laugh. Well wasn’t that just a kick in the teeth? Even at his lowest he continued to be haunted by the immoral bastard.

Charles Grayson, CEO and founder of one of the nation’s largest real estate firm was the devil incarnate and Nicholas could attest to that. He’d been ten years old when the first lesson had been imparted. There’d been an incident in school involving him and another student. Nicholas couldn’t remember exactly what it was he’d done, but he remembered he’d been mean and had been fittingly reprimanded for it by his teacher. Charles had somehow gotten word of it and swiftly rectified the situation. The teacher was terminated, credentials ruined and she’d been unable to find work in the state again. This action was quite extreme and cruel for something so little, but then Charles had never been the sentimental sort.

He was a ruthless man whose underhanded business tactics had gained him his empire. Therefore when it came to his son, Charles was merciless. He’d taken the ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ ideology quite seriously and the scars of those lessons were now imprinted on Nicholas’s soul.

Nicholas took another swig from the bottle while raking a hand through his long hair. He was agitated and dear old Jack wasn’t doing it for him tonight. Needing a distraction that was something quite possibly stronger, he headed back to his bedroom and finished off the last of the amber liquid before tossing it aside.

He needed out and having just the place, he threw on some clothes and hastened out the bedroom. Somewhere in the vast cavernous mansion a clock tolled midnight but there would be no one to stop him from trekking out the front door. No parental guidance. He found his sport bike in the driveway and jumped on the leather seat. Nicholas revved the engine and gunned down the silent streets.

 

About the AuthorFrancette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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{Meme} Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

I have being reading other book bloggers’ Top Ten lists before for I even started my own blog/ However I have never attempted one til now. So here goes the first of many… I hope.

My top ten books that I’ve read so far this year will be based on their rating and not when I read them.

1) Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful 1)
I read this book last year and just had to read it again. There is nothing to fault with this novel. I think I just feel in love with it more the second time around.

2) Tangled (Tangled 1)
Male POV novel. Need I say more?

3) This Man (This Man 1)
The Lord is in the house.  This story had some strong theme, but I’m glad I saw it through

4) Deviant (Blood & Roses 1)
This is my first dark romance novel. Therefore I will always remember it.

5) Beg (Songs of Submission 1)
The introduction to a beautiful addiction and CD Reiss. Brilliant author.

6) Murder of Crows (The Others 2)
Everything Anne Bishop does is perfect. I just love the fantasy world that she creates. Nothing can beat them

7) What He Wants
My first M/M novel. Ya this was a bit of an eye opener. But it didn’t turn me off. The writing, characters and the story were so pure, that it only made me want to read more m/m novels. It really has opened me up to a new category.

8) Lick (Stage Dive 1)
When reading romance novel, I tend to lead towards the hero being a business man of some sort. But when I found out this was by an Aussie author, I just had to read. Glad I did. Will be reading the rest of the series.

9) Night After Night (Seductive Nights 1)
Addictive and pure bliss.

10) After This Night (Seductive Nights 2)
Even more addictive and more bliss.

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{Completed} Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

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Karine has
completed her goal of reading 52 books in 2013!
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With two months still left for this year, I have completed my goodreads reading challenge with some time to spare. But don’t panic this is in no way the end of the reading year for me. Two months is still plenty of time to fall in love with many more books and the characters contained with in their pages. Let’s see how many more I can get in before the year is out.
Below are some interesting stats based on the challenge.

Books read: 52

Pages: 19 700

Shortest Book: City of Bones Movie – The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

Longest Book: Beautiful Creatures

Book Series Started: Wicked Lovers, Gabriel’s Inferno, Beautiful Bastard, Heat Wave, On Dublin Street, The Dark Heroine, The Others, James Bond, The Mortal Instruments, Aphrodite’s Club, Warm Bodies, Crossfire, The Vampire Diaries: The Return, Immortals After Dark

Book Series Finished: House of Comarre

Book Series Completed in Challenge: Stark Trilogy, Thoughtless, Beautiful, Regency Draculia, The Vampire Diaries, Caster Chronicles, The Hunger Games

Favourite Book: Too many. But if I had to choose Beautiful Disaster maybe

Most read category: Paranormal and romance

3 Star Reviews: 6

4 Star Reviews: 29

5 Star Reviews: 17

{Review} Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful #1
Read July 2013
5 stars

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Synopsis:

GOOD GIRL
Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has buried her dark past, but when she arrives at college, ger dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand.

BAD BOY
TRavis Maddox, sexy, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario.

IMMINENT DISASTER?
Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in travis’s apartment of trh same amount of time.

OR THE START OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL?
Either way, TRavis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory.

Series Reading Order:

#1 Beautiful Disaster
#2 Walking Disaster

Review:

Intense? Yes Dangerous? Yes Addictive? Hell Yes!!!

Once this book was in my hands I just couldn’t put it down. Abby and Travis’s story is so intense and so real, I felt like they were real people living in the real world with me. I was so sucked in, that nothing else mattered til I had finished read the book.
However once I finished reading, it felt sad to leave their world behind.