1/18/2015

My Favorite Reads of 2014

I am so late on this post. But I really, really wanted to dedicate a post to the books sticking in my mind and my heart as we venture into the new year. So I'm making one. In late January. Because I want to.

This isn't a top ten list. I tried to narrow it down to ten, but it caused me physical pain. So I left it at fifteen--not too bad, honestly. I was worried I'd end up at, like, twenty. But I did it!

My favorite reads of 2014, in no particular order...


Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley
Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain, #3)

(I haven't reviewed this one yet, so I'm gonna do a little gushing right here...)
I am so in love with this book, I can't even explain. I adore Ty and Lexie's dynamic--she's so bubbly and he's so...not. But he CARES and it is the sweetest thing. This book legit melts my heart, and I freaking love it. I have no doubt that this book is going to be re-read AT LEAST three times this year. And that's a very, very conservative estimation.


The Warrior by Victoria Scott
The Warrior (Dante Walker, #3)



Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)



Rogue by Katy Evans 
Rogue (Real, #4)




Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross 
Whatever Life Throws at You




Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Breathe, Annie, Breathe




King Cave by Scarlett Dawn
King Cave (Forever Evermore, #2)




Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)




Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate, #1)




Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Landline




A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, #2)




Stay with Me by J. Lynn
Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)




Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? (Accidentally Yours, #2)



The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton
The Strange Maid (The United States of Asgard, #2)




Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Better off Friends



Okay, that's my list! I must say that an honorable mention is The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe. I freaking LOVED that book. But I needed to cut this list off somewhere, and Better off Friends was it. Sigh. But you should check out The Darkest Part anyway, because it's amazing. DO IT. (Also, Scary Modsters ...and Creepy Freaks by Diane Rinella. CHECK IT OUT.)

What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these books? Oh, and did you make a list of favorites from 2014? I'd love to see it!  

1/15/2015

Swoon Thursday (168): I'm going to do something crazy...






It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title come's from Kelsey's swoon.  When I read the first two sentences of Kelsey's swoon, I immediately thought of that song, you know, the one from Frozen, where Anna says: "Okay, can I just, say something crazy?"  :)  Anyway, I hope you enjoy all the swoons this week!


Happy Thursday, y'all!


KELSEY: Swooning over A Beauty so Beastly (The Beastly Series #1) by RaShelle Workman:

He tugged on my chin, forcing me to see him. "I'm going to do something so crazy, like freak-out crazy. So if you need to freak out, it's fine."
"What?" I asked, searching his eyes.
"This." Adam leaned down and kissed me right smack on the lips.
A surge of emotion rushed through my heart and into my throat. Fireworks exploded over and over in my stomach. My pulse raced. His lips were firm but tender. I sensed he wanted to give me only a quick kiss, but I wasn't ready to let him go. I dropped by purse and flung my arms around his neck. He responded by pushing my mouth open, taking our kiss deeper.
He ran his tongue over my teeth. I met him with mine. We kissed and kissed and kissed and kissed. His hands grabbed my waist and pulled me against him. Then they roamed up my back to my shoulders and into my hair. I felt him remove the tie. Tenderly he undid the braid with his fingers. In the moment or in those minutes, everything but Adam and me disappeared. There was only us. We were no longer on an airport runway, but in a forest, my back pressed against a tree. Wildflowers grew all around us, perfuming the air as birds sung us their love song.
All I could do was cling to him. My body was alive with so many amazing feelings and emotions that I thought I would die from the glorious pain.
The agent cleared his throat.
We reluctantly let each other go. Adam's eyes held mine though and for a moment I felt like he was still kissing me. He touched my bottom lip with his thumb, caressing it.




ASHLEY:  Swooning over C. L. Stones's LIAR:

Blake leaned over and kissed me.
My first reaction was to pull back, and I almost did.  I was a whirlwind of emotions.  It didn't feel like the right time for this.
Then suddenly his lips parted, and I found something.  A small piece of security.  An escape.  From all the uncertainty around me, he felt sure.
And it scared the dickens out of me.  My heart raced and I leaned further into him, parting my lips too.  It was like I needed to feel absolutely sure about something and he may have been the only thing left that made sense.

KELLY: Swooning over Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King:


His words rang through my head, but there was no way I could make sense of them when his lips felt so good. I responded with a small moan when his tongue trailed across the same spot where his thumb had been. My pleasure filled acceptance affected him and he dragged me into his arms, deepening the kiss. A shiver rippled down my body as our tongues found each other. I gripped the hem of his shirt, wanting him closer. Hearing my unspoken plea, he settled the upper half of his body on top of mine.




Delicious Repeats:

JESSICA:  Swooning over WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 

Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me.  
It was no slow or seductive kiss.  
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I...I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.  
When he lifted his head, he was breathing deeply as he stared into my eyes. They swirled in a multitude of greens as he dragged his thumb along my lower lip.



TRISHA:  Swooning over RUNNING BAREFOOT by Amy Harmon :

 I heard a guttural groan behind me. I heard the pail and the silver bowl hit the ground with a jarring twang. When I turned, Samuel was striding towards me, and I gasped at the vehemence in his face. I was suddenly gripped tightly in his arms, the force of his embrace lifting me off my feet. Then Samuel's mouth was on mine, his hands in my hair. His lips were demanding, his hands holding my head firmly beneath the onslaught of his kiss.




HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!


1/08/2015

Swoon Thursday (167): Arm Hair





It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title might seem a little strange, but it comes from my swoon.  It's amazing the little things we all-of-a-sudden notice when we're up close and personal to someone we didn't really realize we were attracted to.  :)


Happy Thursday, y'all!




ASHLEY:  Swooning over Cassie Mae's HOW TO HOOK A BOOKWORM (It's a long swoon, but it's TOTALLY worth it!):

Adam's laughing, so I tackle him to the floor.  Once I have him pinned, I can't help but notice the strong scent of roasted almonds on his shirt.  
"Don't make me use my mad skills," he threatens, pushing up with his hips, trying to wiggle out of my grasp.  I set a knee on his arm and push back.  
"Give up, old man." Not once has Adam had the upper hand when we wrestle...which hasn't happened in a long time, I realize.  Suddenly, my palms feel sweaty.  
He relaxes under me, and I flash him a grin.  Before I can claim victory, though, he swipes a leg out.  I fall flat against him, then he rolls and pins my arms down, trapping my legs with his.  
"You were saying?"  
Giggles barrel through me as I push against his grasp, but he doesn't budge.  Not even a little.  I try sliding out, but that doesn't work either.  My brow furrows and my body shakes with shocked laughter as I let my gaze run over his arms.  Tendons flex, veins protrued, his hair even looks like it's standing on end.  
Arm hair.  He has arm hair. There's a part of my brain that says "of course he has arm hair, you idiot."  But that's not it.  there's something about Adam's arms looking extremely manly that sucks my laughter away.  It fuzzes my brain.  I don't know what to do now but lie here and wait for him to get off me.  

But I kinda hope he stays.

KELLY: Swooning over My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins):


Her fingers slid down the nape of his neck. Down to his chest. He lifted her up, and her legs locked around his waist, and it felt like the most natural thing in the world. As if they had rediscovered something essential that they didn't realize they'd lost. They kissed deeper. They kissed like this, her body wrapped around his, for minutes.

JESSICA:  Swooning over WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 

Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me.  
It was no slow or seductive kiss.  
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I...I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.  
When he lifted his head, he was breathing deeply as he stared into my eyes. They swirled in a multitude of greens as he dragged his thumb along my lower lip.


Delicious Repeats:



TRISHA:  Swooning over RUNNING BAREFOOT by Amy Harmon :

 I heard a guttural groan behind me. I heard the pail and the silver bowl hit the ground with a jarring twang. When I turned, Samuel was striding towards me, and I gasped at the vehemence in his face. I was suddenly gripped tightly in his arms, the force of his embrace lifting me off my feet. Then Samuel's mouth was on mine, his hands in my hair. His lips were demanding, his hands holding my head firmly beneath the onslaught of his kiss.


KELSEY: Swooning over STRANGE SKIES by Kristi Helvig:

James pulled me into the hut and secured the flap behind us. I stepped away from him and crossed my arms across my chest. Running from Kale was not something I wanted to keep doing. I'd have to deal with him sooner rather than later, but before I could say anything to James, his mouth was on mine. My words dissolved. James ran his hands slowly down my still-crossed arms, gently pulling them to my sides, then wove our fingers together as his lips moved against mine. After a minute, he broke away.




HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!