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August 7, 2013 – 12:48 am | One Comment

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October 23, 2013 – 9:49 am | 4 Comments

 

Stir Me UpAuthor:       Sabrina Elkins

Title:             Stir Me Up

Reviewer:   Mona Leigh

Source:        Harlequin Teen/NetGalley

Pub Date:    Oct 1, 2013

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated…

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Senior year of high school is a year of promise and opportunity. As teens, most of us had some sort of idea what lay ahead in our near future: college, travel, work, marriage. But what if the plans we made went awry through no fault of our own? And what if the new plans turned out to be even better? Well, that’s what happened to Cami.

I loved, loved, loved this book! Cami Broussard knows what she wants out of life after graduation, but her French chef father isn’t so sure about her plans. She wants to be a chef like him; he wants her to go to college so she’ll have options. Cami’s boyfriend, Luke, (who’s a year older) works with her at her father’s restaurant and they’re a pretty serious item.

Then her stepmom, Estella, receives word that her twenty-year-old nephew, Julian, has been critically wounded in Afghanistan and is being airlifted from Germany to Bethesda for hospitalization. Cami’s dad sends her along to help Estella deal with everything. Good thing, too, because Estella’s a basket case after seeing Julian. He’s black and blue, swollen and cut up, and missing part of a leg, but the emotional damage is even worse.

Despite his injuries and bad temper, Cami’s drawn to Julian. Then she learns he’s coming to live with them during his recovery and will be taking her downstairs bedroom while she’s stuck sleeping in an alcove upstairs…. with no privacy. Needless to say, she’s not happy about losing out to a grouchy guy even if he is good looking.

I loved the way Cami stood her ground with Julian, refusing to let him sulk. To Estella’s dismay, when Julian yells and throws things, Cami yells back and even hits him in the face with a muffin. She refuses to let him feel sorry for himself or shut out the people who love him. And that’s a good thing.

As her feelings for Julian subtly change, her relationship with Luke changes, too. She starts finding excuses NOT to sneak out of the house to see him until she finally realizes she doesn’t love him quite as much as she thought. But is she strong enough to do the right thing?

Watching Julian heal physically and mentally was tough, but Elkins did a great job with it, addressing it with matter-of-fact sensitivity. She also did an awesome job developing the relationship between Julian and Cami as they dealt with the injuries and healing. But the best part was watching Julian come to terms with the horrific scars as he struggled to hide them from Cami, and how she exposed them and showed her acceptance of them as part of him. The tenderness was touching.

The book chronicles Julian’s struggle to rebuild his life and Cami’s determination to heal him body and soul while she finds her place in the world. They fight, they yell, they throw things, and they learn to talk (and listen) to each other. They learn to dream again as Julian forces Cami to experience life on her own before they decide to settle down.

This is an honest, heartfelt love story that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page, and there’s plenty of steaminess going on, too.  ;)

Mona Leigh

Review: Elisha Barber by E.C. Ambrose

September 27, 2013 – 12:59 am | No Comment
Review: Elisha Barber by E.C. Ambrose

 
Title: Elisha Barber 
Author: E.C. Ambrose
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Series: The Dark Apostle #1
Source: Library Rental
Reviewed by: Doll Chrissy
Working in a library has many advantages to a bookworm like me. One of …

Review: Colters’ Lady by Maya Banks

September 20, 2013 – 12:52 am | No Comment
Review: Colters’ Lady by Maya Banks

 
Title: Colters’ Lady 
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Genre: Erotica
Series: Colters’ Legacy Book 2
Source: Library Rental
Reviewed by: Doll Chrissy
Having previously read Colters’ Woman and Colters’ Wife, I couldn’t wait to get started on Colters’ Lady, the second book in the …

Review: The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook

September 12, 2013 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Review: The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook

THE IRON DUKE (IRON SEAS #1) BY MELJEAN BROOK
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when …

Doll Lil Reviews Afterburn by Sylvia Day

August 22, 2013 – 3:28 am | 2 Comments
Doll Lil Reviews Afterburn by Sylvia Day

Author: Sylvia Day
Title: Afterburn
Series: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Reviewer: Doll Lil
Source: Personal Library
The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of …

Free Books and Bargains!

August 21, 2013 – 10:05 am | No Comment
Free Books and Bargains!

This week it’s going to be more about the bargains. And the reason for that is because there are so many fantastic books and bundles available for just a few bucks I couldn’t narrow it …

Doll Eowyn Reviews: Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn

August 19, 2013 – 7:30 am | 4 Comments
Doll Eowyn Reviews: Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn

Author: Jillian Flynn
Title: Gone Girl
Release: May 4, 2012
Reviewer: Doll Eowyn
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York …

Another Contest from Harlequin and Cosmo to celebrate Afterburn? Seriously? Seriously!

August 16, 2013 – 11:48 am | No Comment
Another Contest from Harlequin and Cosmo to celebrate Afterburn? Seriously? Seriously!

Hey Doll Lil here and there is a very exciting contest Harlequin is offering to it’s readers in celebration of the launch of Afterburn and their series Cosmo Red Hot Reads!
They want to help …

Harlequin, Cosmo, and Sylvia Day Afterburn Launch Giveaway!!

August 15, 2013 – 12:49 pm | 15 Comments
Harlequin, Cosmo, and Sylvia Day Afterburn Launch Giveaway!!

Launch Day. It’s always exciting when a favorite author starts a new series isn’t it? Even better when you have several talented authors joining the fun like in the super steamy, super sexy Red-Hot Reads …

Free Books and Bargains!!!!

August 14, 2013 – 10:17 am | One Comment
Free Books and Bargains!!!!

This week has been rough here at Doll Lil’s but I refuse to keep from finding great bargains for our e-readers! So let’s jump right in!
The cover on this one caught my eye and it’s …

Review: Colters’ Wife

August 13, 2013 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Review: Colters’ Wife

Author:Maya Banks
Title: Colters’ Wife
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Genre: Erotica
Series: Colters’ Legacy Book 1.1
Source: Library Rental
Purchase: Amazon
Colters’ Wife is an extended epilogue that picks up just a few months from where Colters’ Woman left …

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

August 12, 2013 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Author:Leigh Bardugo
Title:Siege and Storm
Release: June 4, 2013
Series: The Grisha #2
Reviewer: Doll Eowyn
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must …

Doll Chrissy Reviews Colters’ Woman

August 8, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment
Doll Chrissy Reviews Colters’ Woman

Author:Maya Banks
Tittle:Colters’ Woman
Release:April 2010
Series:Colters’ Legacy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Reviewer:Doll Chrissy
Source:Library Rental
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Holly Bardwell is running from her past mistakes. Straight into the arms of the Colter brothers.
Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren’t looking for women. …

Cat Johnson Braves Doll Lil’s Word Association Challenge!

August 7, 2013 – 12:48 am | One Comment
Cat Johnson Braves Doll Lil’s Word Association Challenge!

I’m back from vacation and ready to get down and dirty finding new free and amazingly bargained books for you! But first this week I have something special. I convinced super hot and crazy talented …

The Thing About Weres

August 6, 2013 – 10:47 am | 2 Comments
The Thing About Weres

Author: Leigh Evans
Title: The Thing About Weres
Series: The Mystwalker Series #2
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Reviewer: Mona Leigh
Source: Publisher
If you thought Leigh’s first book, The Trouble with Fate, was exciting, then hold onto your hats because this one has excitement in …

Doll Eowyn Reviews The Good, The Bad and the Undead

August 5, 2013 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Doll Eowyn Reviews The Good, The Bad and the Undead

Author: Kim Harrison
Title: The Good, The Bad and the Undead
Release: 2005
Series: The Hollows #2
Reviewer: Eowyn
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest …

ARC Review II: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

July 12, 2013 – 10:25 am | 7 Comments
ARC Review II: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Title: Magic Rises
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Release: July 30, 2013
Reviewer: Noa
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.
Mercenary Kate …

ARC Review I: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

July 11, 2013 – 10:43 am | 2 Comments
ARC Review I: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Title: Magic Rises
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Release: July 30, 2013
Reviewer: Mona Leigh
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.
Mercenary …

Doll Lil’s Free Books and Bargains

July 10, 2013 – 4:00 am | No Comment
Doll Lil’s Free Books and Bargains

I’m getting ready to take off for vacation this week so I knew I needed my e-reader apps all stocked up so I decided to explore IBooks, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. I have four …

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

July 8, 2013 – 3:20 pm | 2 Comments
Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Author: Katie McGarry
Title: Dare You To
Release: May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Mona Leigh
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”
“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I …

Week in Review

July 7, 2013 – 4:29 pm | 12 Comments
Week in Review

 
Welcome one and all to the week in review!
Week in Review is when we take a look at the past week and everything that’s been going on at Paperbackdolls.com – plus we share what you …