Book Giveaway: If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

Hello everyone! I’m currently hosting a book giveaway on Instagram, so I thought, why not bring it to my blog and Facebook?! I’m hoping people will enter!

If you would like to enter on Instagram, you can do so here!

If you would like to enter on Facebook, you can do so here!

Or, if you would like to enter here on my blog: here are the rules:

  1. Follow my blog (www.laceyslibrary.com)
  2. Like this post
  3. Comment your favorite read this year!

Good luck! This giveaway will end on 8.10.17!

Until I Fall by Claudia Burgoa

Publication Date: April 3th, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace

“ER doctor, Aspen Zimmerman is no stranger to pain and loss. The tragic death of her fiancé catapults her life into a promise of healing—of being the best damn ER doctor her hospital has ever encountered. After all, it makes her feel like she’s making a difference when she couldn’t so long ago. And when her most beloved patient suffers horrifically, all Aspen cares about is healing her—even though her son has a special way of igniting a fire she thought fizzled out long ago.

As a private security officer, Anderson Hawkins puts everyone’s life before his own. With his mother fighting for her life, Anderson is hellbent on finding a way to save her. On the plus side, he gets to spend his time with a sexy and fiery ER doctor who would do anything for his mother. Though Aspen seems to be pulling back—away from any feelings she may have for him. Now, it’s up to Anderson to prove that they can build a future together if they both let go of the past. Can Aspen trust her heart with someone when she already feels “dead on arrival?”

Review:

This book blew. me. away. I had my eye on this book for a while now because of the cover. I love the fact that it started to tell the story just from looking at it. The story starts off as Aspen is engaged to a SEAL named Michael. They’re so in love and everything is looking forward to the future. When tragedy strikes, Aspen feels like she has to start all over. Eleven years later, Aspen is denying herself love because of her past. When she meets Anderson, her neighbor’s son, she lets her walls down to find love again. Well, she tries and through careful consideration and the pushing from her friends and family, she lets herself indulge in love for the first time since the death of her fiance.

The beginning of this book had me in tears. It wasn’t shocking that Michael’s death was happening because it was given away in the synopsis. However, Claudia Burgoa wrote the grief that Aspen was feeling so well that I feel like I really felt her pain. I felt the loss she was going through. There was nothing more that I wanted than Aspen making it through and falling in love. When Anderson came in the picture, I wanted to swoon. He was so good with her and her feelings, and yet, he also wasn’t afraid to call her out on things. When she was open and then put her walls back up, Anderson would tell her like it is. Sometimes, people need to just hear it like it is.

Aspen’s best friends were also pretty awesome as well. The characters and their developments were written well. This book flowed amazingly and I would recommend it to anyone.

The only thing that would bother some is that there are a few grammatical errors. I usually knock off a star for that because I am a massive grammar snob, but the story was so good that I had to give this book five stars. I really hope Claudia Burgoa has more books on the way!

Rating: ★★★★★

Cheeky by Natasha Madison

Publication Date: June 4th, 2017

“​Bradley Fitch has it all. A suave job, a gigantic trust fund, and an accent that makes panties drop faster than the speed of light. His new life in New York City is fast-paced and furious, but it’s nothing a little getaway can’t cure.

What says party and unwind like Las Vegas? Nothing. Plus, whatever happens there has to stay there.

When his best friend bails, he finds himself sitting on the plane next to his best friend’s sister.

She’s off-limits—proverbial caution tape wrapped around her body. Of course, she’s also totally ball busting gorgeous.

Lexi Quinn fell in love with Bradley at eight years old and then vowed to kill him at eight and a half. What was supposed to be a romantic week away is turning into a nightmare. Her ex is actually married, her luggage is lost, and her reservation is cancelled. And she’s sitting next to the man she swore to hate forever

One week. No strings attached. What is the worst that could happen?

It’s all fun and games till this British bad boy gives new meaning to BBC and becomes a little bit too cheeky.”

Review:

I am a sucker for British contemporary romance. I live for it. When I hear about a new one being put out, it gets put on my first to read list. Bradley and Lexi are both individuals from Britain who are away from home. They’re childhood friends where Bradley was best friends with Lexi’s brother. Both living in New York City, they find each other on a plane to Las Vegas when Bradley’s best friend bails and Lexi is getting away from her old life. After the flight, things go wrong for Lexi. Her luggage is lost and her reservation at the hotel is cancelled from her ex. Bradley, being a nice guy, invites Lexi to just stay with him for the week. Can Bradley hold the temptation of his best friend’s sister? Not by a long shot. They agree to have one week and then it goes back to how it was. What will it be like when they get home to NYC?

I loved this book. Natasha Madison wrote this with such passion and excitement that I read it in two days. I couldn’t put it down. The characters, the idea, the setting, everything was perfect. This book was definitely a great mix of romance and comedy. There were so many funny one-liners that I laughed out loud at. Very sexy, funny and overall romantic. A great read. Can’t wait to read more Natasha Madison!

Rating: ★★★★★

Bitch Slap by J. Kenner

Publication Date: June 1st, 2017

The first time I met her I wanted to slap her.

The second time, I knew I had to have her.

As for the third time, a gentleman doesn’t tell.

So I guess it’s a good thing I’m no gentleman … right?

Let’s get this out of the way, right off the bat: I love women.
I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.

Then I met her. Bitchy as hell and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her. I told myself I only wanted to tame her. That it was all about the challenge.

I never expected to break through that ice queen exterior and find the softness underneath. Never expected how wild she’d be between the sheets or the way she’d cry my name with such sincere intensity when I totally rocked her world.

Most of all, I never expected to fall for her.

But I did.

And the question is, now that I know I want her, how the hell do I go about keeping her?”

Review:

Very, very well written novel by J. Kenner. I really enjoyed this.

It was a very current and contemporary romance based on finding the wrong person in a restaurant using a dating app for one night stands. She thought he was looking for long-term, he thought she was looking for, well you know.

There were some parts in the beginning that had me a little confused. When they first meet at the restaurant, I was confused on who she actually was. However, when I understood, things really picked up. I read this in a day.

The ending was my favorite part of this book. It was so sweet and absolutely perfect. There was nothing I wanted more than that ending, and I got it so I was extremely happy.

Rating: ★★★★

Irish King by Dahlia Rose

Published: February 28th, 2017

“Son. Successor. Enforcer. Alone.

Ian ‘King’ Mordha, son of Collin Mordha, runs one of the biggest crime families in Chicago. If he obeys his father’s wishes and accepts his role, he could lose something he didn’t even know he wanted. One freezing cold night he saved a life and changed his own, but there’s a cost.

Sunshine. Hope. Enemy. Love?

Kiya Gunn, sister of a cop, and a teacher at Chicago’s Art School for Disabled Children. She sees behind the mask to who he really is, his strength far outweighs the power of his fists. The gentleness in his heart belies the cruelty associated with his name.

Family vs Their Rivals with Kiya in the middle.

With a turf war brewing against their rivals. Can he keep her safe or will he lose the only sunshine in his life? Or worse, will he pay the ultimate price to keep the woman he loves safe?”

Review:

Irish mob life in Chicago. Moral of the story. Ian ‘King’ Mordha and Kiya Gunn meet when he saves her from being attacked after clubbing. They keep meeting each other after their initial meeting. That’s when Kiya drops the bomb that her brother is a police officer in the city of Chicago and is basically trying to bring down the mob.

This story was a different contemporary romance. It was more of a war between romance and mob vs. police. There were different stories throughout. It was King vs. his enemies, King vs. Kiya in romance, King vs. his father, King vs. his own head, etc. There were so many things going on, and I really liked that.

However, I had to give this book a lower rating because of the dialogue. I think everything was really well done except for the dialogue. It seemed stilted as some parts and even left me confused a couple of times.

Rating: ★★★

Accidentally On Purpose by S.E Hall, Ashley Suzanne

Published: June 8th, 2017

“After a business conference, Jameson Chancellor, CEO of Chancellor Chemicals, opts for a road trip versus plane ride home… enjoying the prolonged company of his personal assistant, Brenna Dillinger.

When a freak, weather-related accident traps the pair together overnight, in very close quarters, long-hidden feelings and desires emerge. Professional lines are crossed, relationships blurred… and windows fogged.

A perfect pair forced together… accidentally on purpose.”

Review:

I loved the idea of this story. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it.

I understand that this book is a novella. It’s supposed to be fast-paced because of the page count. However, with this type of story, I think I would’ve made it just a little bit longer. It was almost too fast-paced where I was losing the excitement over the story. If the author wrote about what happened before or even after what happened, I think I would’ve liked it a little better than I did.

I love Brenna. She is a sassy, hot-headed woman who doesn’t care what she says. She was my favorite character. I think the author should’ve used her a little more in this book.

Rating: ★★★

Bitter Rivals by Winter Renshaw

Published: April 30th, 2016

“First it was love. Then it was war.

XAVIER

Work hard, play harder.

All I wanted was a weekend in the Hamptons, but what I got was forty-eight hours of quality time with my former business partner. My ex best friend. The girl who walked away without so much as an explanation the second sh*t got real.

I’m going to make her sorry she was never mine.

MAGNOLIA

Work hard, forget the rest.

All I wanted was a peaceful weekend alone at my boss’ Hamptons manse, but what I got was forty-eight hours with the guy who convinced me to fall in love with him and then did the unthinkable.

He broke my heart once, and I’ll be damned if I let him anywhere near it ever again”

Review:

This was a novella so there wasn’t really much to analyze. If there’s anything I love in this world, it’s the rivals-to-lovers story. Something happens in their lives where they are arch-nemeses. Once they spend some time with each other, they see that it’s not all bad. It’s all the same, but I still love it every single time.

Xavier and Magnolia worked at the same company. They went on a retreat together years ago, and things escalate quickly (wink). However, the next morning, something happens and causes Magnolia to loathe Xavier.

Now, they have to spend 48 hours together in their bosses Hampton home. It’s pretty clear what happens, only it’s not what you expect. The author put a little bit of a different spin on it, and I really liked that. Overall, there were some parts where I was confused, but it was a refreshing rivals-to-lovers story.

Rating: ★★★★