4/17/2014

Swoon Thursday (134): So Into You


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! 

This week, we have four new swoons for you, and I happen to LOVE them all. What I love especially is that they represent different genres. Swoons come in all books, all categories, all genres, and I love seeing that variety.

I loved compiling these selections.

So, sit back and enjoy the moments we've selected that make our hearts skip a beat, and then remember to share YOUR favorite moments in the comments! 



Happy Thursday, y'all!


RACHEL:  This week, I read the INTO THE DEEP series by Samantha Young. I finished book two, OUT OF THE SHALLOWS, last night, and have all feels...but for today's swoon, I'm going back to the beginning and this moment from my man Jake: 


"You've knocked me on my ass, Charley. I think it might have something to do with the fact that you make me laugh a lot and you're really smart. And really hot. Really, really hot," he murmured against my mouth. "All I know is that probably deserve better than me, but I'm too selfish to let you. I'm into you, and I want you to be so into me, you don't even care that I'm not good enough for you."

ASHLEY: Swooning over Cassie Mae's How to Seduce a Band Geek:
His head dips, and I go to pull back thinking he wants out of my embrace, but he grasps my elbow and his lips drag across the skin on my arm. My breathing goes ragged, making his head go up and down against my chest with every intake of breath. His nose grazes the crook of my elbow, and he turns so it trails up my arm. He lightly kisses my shoulder before lifting his face to be level with my own. I feel like I’m panting at him, but I don’t care anymore if I look unattractive. All I see are his blue eyes, searching mine and asking so many questions I’m not sure how to answer.

JESSICA: Swooning over A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES by Rachel Harris <-- look, that's me!!
Awareness fills the thin sheen of air between us. I lick my lips without thinking, and he lowers his eyes to watch the flick of my tongue. I have never in my life been wanton, but the feminine empowerment I feel as he exhales a shaky breath makes me want to do it again. So I do. Slowly this time, gliding my tongue over my bottom lip. 
A low growl is my only warning before Austin's hands thrust into my hair. "I warned you about playing with fire."
Breathlessly, I say, "And I told you I'm tired of being careful."
He nods once...and then his mouth crashes onto mine.

Rachel Note: Jess asked me to include a note she sent me, and since I giggled like a goose reading it, I couldn't say no (*wink*)

Jessica Note: Rachel, I EFFING LOVE THIS BOOK. I am not kidding when I say that I was sad when it was over. I seriously said "AWWW." Out loud. Because I loooved iiiiiiit. 

Rachel Note: *twirl of giddiness*


NEREYDA: Swooning over A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich
"Not so bad, right?  I've been told I'm a great cuddler."
"I wouldn't know-you were too busy stealing my covers."
Parting his mouth, he laughed once, a low, arrogant chuckle.  Then he hooked his arms around her waist and pulled her naked body to his.
"How about now-good?"
The feeling of his arms around her deserved a  more adequate word than 'good.'


And now for some delicious repeats...


KELLY: Swooning over Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
They were kissing, their lips opening and closing, so soft, so sweet, so gentle. It was all she had expected and nothing she had expected wrapped together in one feeling. It was everything.

HEATHER: Swooning over The  Accidental Movie Star by Emily Evans
Ashley put some of the oil on her palms and rubbed them together to warm the liquid. She laid her hands against his abdomen. His eyes flew open. Her fingers stilled. They tingled where they met his skin, and Ashley met his gaze, feeling her face heat. Her mouth opened then shut again. All of a sudden, this felt intimate. She no longer heard the music or the technicians. It was only her cocooned in this small area with Caz, caught in his gaze.

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!

4/13/2014

Juggling Books

No, not, like, LITERALLY juggling them. I am sure as heck not throwing them around. With my hand-eye coordination, that would be disastrous on so many levels. I'm talking about reading more than one book at a time. "Juggling."

Way back in the day, I was super strict about reading only one book at a time. I didn't really have any reason to read more than one book at a time. I didn't have a Kindle, or a Goodreads goal, or a blog with people waiting for me to review their book. I just...read. (I also didn't really have anyone to discuss all the bookish awesome with, but that's a story for another time.)

Back in the very beginning of my blog, I still kept it to one book at a time. I can multi-task with the best of 'em (actually, I can't...but I can sort of hold my own), but when it comes to books I like to have each story separated in my mind, and it helps to only read one at a time. That way, worlds and characters and plot points and whatnot don't get all jumbled in my cranium.

Somewhere along the way, however, I started reading more than one at a time. I don't even know when in particular I started this, but it's a general thing now. So I not have specific books for specific things.

A book for class: And by that I mean "required reading." I'm not in an official English class this year, because I've been a year ahead in English since eighth grade, but I AM taking a class called Literary Genres. It's a really fun class, and it does involve some reading. And play-watching. And movie-watching. And stuff. I like it. So this is the class the requires my reading this year, and I'm cool with it. We've read some pretty school stuff this year. That said, I don't really count this with the other books. Not really. Because I don't CHOOSE to read whatever book is included in this. I just CHOOSE to read the book and not fail the class.

A print book: This is the book I read in classes that aren't Literary Genres. Or Calculus. Because it is virtually impossible to do anything except pay lots of attention in that class. Unless I want to be totally lost, that is. But other classes? Like astronomy and psychology and the two finance-y classes I'm taking that are kind of a piece of cake? I certainly do spend some time reading in those. And since I can't read my Kindle in those classes, it helps to have a print book at the ready.

A digital book: This is the book I read at home and on the bus and at my brother's house and literally everywhere but at school. Because I have that handy dandy Kindle app on my phone, so I make good use of it. And goodness knows I have a bunch of unread books stacked in my room...and organized in boxes in my room...and all over the gosh darn place. But I actually have MORE books waiting to be read on my Kindle than I have littered around my room. So I'm always trying to ease that TBR pile down to a manageable size. Which will never happen. But that doesn't mean I don't try. :)

The weekends are my only issue in this whole situation. Because on the weekends I want to read BOTH my digital book and my print book. So I usually finish up both then. Like this weekend--I plan on finishing A Tale of Two Centuries on Saturday, and then Don't Look Back on Sunday. BOOM.

With my different-books-for-different-places plan, I still try not to read more than three books at once. Which is really two books at once, because we're not counting the book for class, remember? This has actually been working for me. I try to differentiate even more by reading different genres in different formats. Like now--I'm reading the YA time travel of awesome in digital and the YA mystery in print. Both romantic. But both very different. I should have literally NO problem when it comes time to sit down and write my reviews for these books.

So...that's how I juggle books. Do you do any book juggling? If so, how do you handle it? If not, why? Have you considered it? I know it doesn't work for everybody. It definitely doesn't work for me all the time. Like when I'm on break from school. Or during exams, when I have virtually no time to read at home. So let me know! I'd love to see what others' views and opinions are on this. :)

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4/10/2014

Swoon Thursday (133): The Unexpected


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 everyone, welcome to another week of swooning. Sit back and enjoy the moments we've selected that make our hearts skip a beat, and then remember to share YOUR favorite moments in the comments! 



Happy Thursday, y'all!



RACHEL:  Swooning over Kai in Christina Lee's WHISPER TO ME. The funny thing is, this book is FILLED with swoony HOT moments--like, seriously, maybe her hottest ever--but what I loved the most was seeing his sweeter side. *fans self* This boy??? Yeah, he floated my boat


He gripped my hand and then drew it toward him. "Come here."
My body pitched forward, and I descended onto his sheets. "Wha...what are you doing?"
"I'm doing what I do well," he said, tugging me nearer. "Taking care of my Turtle."
My heart rose up in my throat and threatened to send my tears tumbling out. Why did his words hold such meaning?
He maneuvered me around and pulled my back flush against his bare chest. I could feel the outline of his nipple rings against my shoulder blades. "I don't remember you taking care of me like this."
"Sure I did," he whispered. "You just couldn't hug me back at the time." 

ASHLEY: Swooning over Fiona Paul's BELLADONNA:
Cass trembled as he closed the gap between them.  Their lips met.  Hungry.  Wanting.  Falco's hands wrapped around her waist, caressing her through the layered fabric of her dress.  Her body went weak, and she gripped the stone railing of the bridge to keep from pitching over into the water.

KELLY: Swooning over Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
They were kissing, their lips opening and closing, so soft, so sweet, so gentle. It was all she had expected and nothing she had expected wrapped together in one feeling. It was everything.

HEATHER: Swooning over The  Accidental Movie Star by Emily Evans
Ashley put some of the oil on her palms and rubbed them together to warm the liquid. She laid her hands against his abdomen. His eyes flew open. Her fingers stilled. They tingled where they met his skin, and Ashley met his gaze, feeling her face heat. Her mouth opened then shut again. All of a sudden, this felt intimate. She no longer heard the music or the technicians. It was only her cocooned in this small area with Caz, caught in his gaze.




And delicious repeats...




KELSEY: Swooning over TIL DEATH (Fractured Souls #1) by Kate Evangelista (Dillan's POV):


This reasoning calmed him. Maybe he didn't have to avoid her. He wanted to test the theory. Touching her again quickened his heartbeat. Staring beyond the large men tackling each other on the screen, he imaged Selena's flushed face. The way her eyebrows came together and the corners of her lips turned down. A light sweat rose on his fingertips. At the farmhouse, he'd only touched her arms when he lifted her away from him. The skin there was so soft. So smooth. He could just imagine how much softer her cheeks were. And her lips . . .

TRISH: Swooning over Black Box by Cassia Leo
She stares off into space and my heart rate speeds up as she traces the pads of her fingers over her lips. I just want to shove her hand away and kiss her. Instead, I decide to test the waters by reaching for the damp tissue balled up in her fist. She flinches a little before she hands it over and I know I made the right decision. She's not ready to be touched. Not the way I want to touch her.
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!