Thursday, April 26, 2018

$100 Gift Card giveaway to Jord Watches !


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

I've been drooling over Jord Watches for quite some time now, and I can finally say: I've got one!

Jord Watches was kind enough to send me their gorgeous Reece Zebrawood and Emerald watch for a feature throughout my social media and we are also collaborating on an awesome giveaway for you guys - details below!

Jord makes such stunning, beautifully detailed and classic looking wood watches for men and women (and every amazing person in between)! The straps are fantastic - my zebrawood strap is thick and sturdy and looks so organic - love wearing it!

But without further ado, here's how you can win $100 GC to Jord Watches!

Giveaway:

To be entered to win $100 to Jord Watches, click on the link below and fill out the form (it's super short and easy to do!). 


And even if you don't win, everyone gets 10% off discount! How sweet is that?

Best of luck to you all!







Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker (Review)



Genre:
New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Publication Date:January 23, 2018
Pages:436 (Paperback)
Published By:  Atria Books
Website:K.A. Tucker

Keep Her Safe on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Where to get:

  



Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.
(Goodreads)





   K.A. Tucker's Keep Her Safe is a gritty, dark and emotionally engaging romantic suspense story, that is definitely (and surprisingly) more suspense and mystery than heart-pounding romance. And it works really well this way.

    If you're a fan of Tucker's books, you're probably expecting a steamy and sexy leg-shaker of a book, and rightfully so, because Keep Her Safe is all those things and more. At the same time though you might be surprised when you learn that this is probably the most slow-burning of all of the romances she's ever written. Personally, I really loved that. 

     Are you familiar with the cop TV drama, Shades of Blue? The one starring Jennifer Lopez? I was reminded of that show while reading Keep Her Safe. It almost felt like if Shades of Blue had a spin-off series about Harlee Santos' daughter, it would be something like Keep Her Safe (or at least it would feel similar, what with all the secrets and corruption, and dangerous lies). Personally, I have enjoyed watching Shades of Blue (Lopez is amazing in it!), and so I also really enjoyed reading Keep Her Safe. I guess it's safe to say that cop stories dealing with corruption, secrets, high-stakes family dramas and devastating consequences of one's decisions are really my cuppa tea.

     As for the relationship between the main characters - Noah and Gracie - I must say I wasn't really into it initially. There was no insta-love and like I said, the romance was on the slow-burning (almost slow-simmering) side, but for whatever reason I wasn't feeling it until about 2/3 of the book. That's not to say, I didn't end up rooting for them, because of course I did - it's K.A. Tucker's book after all, how can you not root for the couple? It just took me a bit longer to get there than with her other books.

     Overall, if you've enjoyed K.A. Tucker's previous stories and if you're into romantic suspense stories with jaw-dropping mysteries at the core, you will most definitely enjoy Keep Her Safe. It's quite an addictive page turner!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy World Book Day! Get 9 books for FREE!


Hello book worms and happy World Book Day! 

Looking for some amazing, diverse reads to celebrate this amazing day? Look no further! Click on the link below to download one or all of the Amazon Crossing selections right now! 


PS. The link is going to be working till April 24th midnight! US residents only.
This is a sponsored post. 


Available selections:

The book cover of A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa. Translated by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown. The cover shows a river of red barbed wire winding over a purple, topographical landscape.





MEMOIR
MASAJI ISHIKAWA
Translated by Risa Kobayashi and Martin BrownThe heartrending true story of one man’s harrowing escape from the oppression of North Korea.








The book cover of The House by the River by Lena Manta. Translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft. The cover shows a house with an orange, tiled roof positioned on the shore of a shallow river with a mountain in the background.






FAMILY SAGA
LENA MANTA
Translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft
This bestselling novel follows five Greek sisters and the devoted mother who helped shape their lives.








The book cover of Still Waters by Viveca Sten. Translated by Marlaine Delargy. The cover shows a woman, backlit by the setting sun, looking out to sea while standing on the rocky and barren shore of a beach. A small white shack is in the background and a neon blue fishnet is in the foreground, slightly obscuring the title text.






MYSTERY
VIVECA STEN 
Translated by Marlaine Delargy
When a body washes ashore on an idyllic Swedish island, it forever changes the lives of the island’s residents.







The book cover of The Great Passage by Shion Miura. Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. The cover shows layers of blue and white paper waves that are filled with undulating words. Cards containing the title words of the book pop out above the sea of words and a red sun emerges from the crest at the top of the cover.





LITERARY FICTION
SHION MIURA
Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter
This award-winning novel is a reminder that a life dedicated to passion is a life well lived.







The book cover of Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin. Translated by John W. Baker. The silhouette of a train track and a locomotive is cut from a painting of red floral. Through the silhouette is an image of World War II Paris, the Eiffel Tower centered in the frame, along the tracks.



HISTORICAL FICTION
AYŞE KULIN
Translated by John W. Baker
In this sweeping story of love, adventure, and compassion, a young Turkish couple traverses Nazi-occupied Europe to gain their freedom.







The book cover of The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan. Translated by Yuri Machkasov. A multi-tiered, gray house is planted on the stump of a large, uprooted tree, suspended in the blue sky among the cumuli.









LITERARY FANTASY
MARIAM PETROSYAN
 

Translated by Yuri Machkasov
An astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths.





The book cover of The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak. Translated by the author. The cover shows a close-up image of a tropical, leafy plant on a khaki background that intrudes on the foreground, obscuring the plant and allowing room for the title.
LITERARY FICTION
LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK
Translated by the author
In this saga of love, revolution, and resilience, one woman must find the courage to forge her own path.












The book cover of The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen. Translated by Simon Bruni. The cover shows a firefly alit on a concrete wall, its blue paint cracked and peeling away.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
PAUL PEN
Translated by Simon Bruni
 
In this haunting page-turner, a boy who lives underground will discover that light exists in even the darkest of places.













The book cover of Ten Women by Marcelo Serrano. Translated by Beth Fowler. The cover shows a painting of ten pink and white flowers in bloom. Additional green leaves and flower buds cling to the black background.
LITERARY FICTION
MARCELA SERRANO
Translated by Beth Fowler
A group of women with divergent life stories bond over triumphs and heartaches in this beautiful tale about universal connections.
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