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Waiting on Wednesday #38: Oceanborn by Amalie Howard July 9, 2014

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Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

 

 My pick of the week is:

Oceanborn (The Aquarathi #2)

 By: Amalie Howard

 Coming: 29 July 2014

 Publisher: Harlequin Teen

 

 Summary:
The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.

 

Why I’m excited:

 OMG I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!! I absolutely adore Amalie. She’s so sweet and wonderful. I discovered her during the 2013 Fall YASH and I’ve never looked back. I won her giveaway for a signed ARC of Waterfell. I read it. I LOVED IT! I raved about it. I still rave about it. OH MAN. Rissa is a great character and don’t even get me started on Lo. BTW. Dibs. DIBS DIBS DIBS. Lo is MINE. *glares* Anyway. I’m so excited to see where the action picks up. OMG I NEED IT NOOOOOOOOW. It’s even worse knowing I have a copy heading my way from Amalie. The wait is excruciating. I just read Seamonster over the holiday weekend and adored it as well. Keep an eye out for my review and a giveaway coming up in the next few weeks. (: Reading it only made it worse. I MUST KNOW MORE!!!

 

Why I need you to be excited:

 Sea aliens. Drama. HOT GUYS. Yes. Guys. Well. Guy cause Lo is off limits cause he is MINE. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME! I could go on and on about why you need to read this book. But I won’t. Just do yourself a favour and order Waterfell and Oceanborn. Just do it. DO IT. I NEED YOU TO GET PUMPED UP FOR THE AWESOMENESS!!!! *flails everywhere* THREE MORE WEEEEEEEEKS!!!

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*e-ARC review* Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris October 14, 2013

I was granted a digital review copy of Seven Day Fiancé by the publisher (Entangled: Bliss) and author (Rachel Harris) in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 stars
Pub Date: 14 October 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Type: Book 2 of the Love and Games series

Summary:
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.

My thoughts:
I loved every single page of SDF. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance. Especially these movies: The Proposal, The Wedding Date, or Sweet Home Alabama. I swear this is a good mix of all of them! I also loved being in the Cajun world for a while. I love New Orleans (it’s where I got married) and being in this area for a while was a nice escape. (Even if I did read this while sitting on the beach in South Carolina which was already an escape!) There’s ONE scene (you’ll know it when you get to it!) that made me feel like I needed a dunk in the ocean AND a freezing shower. Shew! Extra steamy! And the ending! It was perfection! It was extremely swoon worthy. The epilogue is nice, too. (: All five stars were well deserved. Rachel takes an “old story” (fake fiancé) and takes it places it could never have imagined!

Angelle was a very relatable character for me. I come from a small town, though not as small as Angelle. The reaction she gets when she returns home could be compared to when Jason Witten comes home. (He went to my high school and hosts a massive football camp every year and is a HUGE hometown hero.) I never could imagine being in her situation as far as making up a fiancé. On the flip side though, that’s about how long my engagement to my hubby was. I actually teased Rachel on Twitter when she first started tweeting about SDF if she was writing about mine and hubby’s relationship. As I was reading, I kept imagining Angelle sounded like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama.

Cane. Oh wow. Where do I even begin with this deliciousness? He’s such an incredible guy and it was so nice to learn about him as he carefully let Angelle see each level of himself. I could relate to him on his parental situation. My parents divorced when I was in junior high and I built walls around my heart. I was very against marriage for the long haul. I didn’t want to be destroyed the way my parents were. The way Cane was. The way Angelle walks right through all of his barriers was like reliving when my hubby and I first started dating. I fell in love with Cane right from the beginning. Who wouldn’t love a man who goes out of his way to help out the women in his life? I feel even more in love with him when he was so great with Angelle’s little niece. Major points.  See excerpt:

“Cane pushed to his feet. ‘Actually, if you don’t mind, I was thinking I’d run to the store up the road and cook dinner.’ He glanced down and said, ‘That is, if I can find me a chef’s helper.’
Sadie climbed to a standing position on the sofa and thrust her had in the air. ‘Me! Me, Mr. Cane! Mama says I’m a great cheff-er, don’t ya, Mama?’
Eva nodded with a smile. ‘She’s the best.’
‘Is that right?’ Cane sunk to his knees so they were eyelevel. ‘Must be my lucky day. Do you know I happen to own a restaurant? Maybe one day you can come and work for me. What do you think about that?’
Sadie shook her head solemnly. ‘Thanks, but I’m gonna be a fairy princess and live in Disney World.’
Cane grinned. ‘That does sound like more fun.’”

I mean, really? What woman doesn’t love a man who is great with kids?!

And of course. My favourite line from the whole book by Cane: “’Is today an anniversary of a first of something I’m forgetting? If so, I’m sorry darlin’. Men have crap for brains when it comes to that kind of stuff.’”

Isn’t that quote just the truth, ladies? Five years later and my hubby STILL has trouble remembering what year I was born. He gets the day mixed up every now and then, too. Of course, this is when asked. If he ever actually forgets it, he better be prepared to cough up lots of chocolate, wine, and books! (: Same goes for our anniversary!

 

 
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